5 February 2018
Responding to the Secretary of State Chris Grayling’s statement on the West and East Coast Franchises today, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"This statement shows that the current franchising process is in a mess. Train companies have overbid, but in fact the entire process has encouraged them to do so. Failures on the East Coast are also down to Government mismanagement of the new trains, which were directly commissioned by the Department for Transport, not the operators, and unrealistic promises on track improvements.
“Passengers and the wider community need a rail system with much more stability and where they get a real say. Passengers are now paying a huge proportion of the cost of the railway and they need to be involved in decisions about the services they use, yet many communities, for example on the East Midlands Trains routes, are threatened with reduced train services and very limited consultation.
Notes to Editors
- For plans to remove trains from Bedford and Luton - see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42324376.
- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).