19 January 2017
Responding to today’s announcement by the Department for Transport giving further details on the new West Coast Partnership rail franchise, Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"This new franchise needs to offer passengers real value for money with simpler, fairer fares and a line that connects well into the wider transport network. We welcome the Government's emphasis on a ticketing system that links to buses and other modes of transport, which will make it easier for people to move between and within our towns and cities.
"The cost of rail travel is already sky-high, so it is vital that passengers do not see an increase in the cost of their ticket and that the new franchise offers the growing army of flexible workers fairly discounted part-time season tickets.
"It's good to see that this new franchise will link HS2 to existing lines, so that HS2 can support local economies and communities throughout the region, not just shunting passengers at high speed line between Birmingham and London at the expense of other urban centres."
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Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
Read the Department for Transport’s announcement here - New opportunities offered as details of new rail franchise are released
Campaign for Better Transport’s Fair Fares Now campaign is calling for affordable prices, even for peak times and turn-up-and-go tickets; reliable services that aren't overcrowded; and straightforward tickets that make train travel simple.
Read Campaign for Better Transport’s press release on flexible tickets for part-time workers here - UK lagging way behind Europe, when it comes to flexible rail tickets
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