1 June 2010: We recently objected to a Department for Transport plan to give train companies a financial incentive to cut services, together with 50 other organisations.
The Department has replied to our letter, saying that they'd made a mistake - many train companies already have this incentive! They did not respond to our call for a formal, public consultation on changes to rail franchising policy. (So far, they've only talked informally to train companies.)
We've written back, asking for more information on the incentive and calling for a consultation on any changes being proposed so that passengers can have their say.
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond is expected to discuss cutting costs with train operators this week, so we'll keep putting the pressure on for passengers' interests to be met. Services must be maintained - and fares must be affordable.