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Campaigners respond to MPs’ report on rail franchising

5 February 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the publication today of the Transport Select Committee’s report, The Future of Rail: Rail franchising, looking at the Department for Transport’s (DfT) ability to manage rail franchising.

 James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"To say that the Government has "serious lessons to learn" from the management of the TSGN franchise is an understatement. The Government must be held to account for the failings of Southern rail, which has made people's lives a misery.

“Long before any industrial dispute, Southern passengers had to rely on a train service plagued by delays and disruptions, under a management contract with no financial penalties for poor performance. The franchising system must be overhauled to avoid contracts like this ever being drawn up again.

"We need to ensure that in the future, passenger representation is written into rail franchises, so that those who have to use the trains day in, day out, finally have their voices heard."

For further information please contact:

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

For further details about the report please contact Estelle Currie 020 7219 8211 or Simon Horsell 0207 219 4314 from the Transport Committee Press Office.

Notes to editors

- 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

- Read more about Rail franchising here - Franchises

- 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.

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