7 July 2014
James MacColl, head of campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport, commented on the announcement that funds from the fine of Network Rail will be spent on improved wifi on trains:
"The fine levied by the Government on Network Rail must be spent on improving rail for people. The proposal that the levy will contribute to improving wifi on trains will be welcomed by many commuters. However, the Government needs to implement a coherent policy on transport spending, which prioritises the most pressing needs of rail users. Investment is urgently needed in rail in the north of England, as bidders for the Northern and TransPennine franchises are being asked to focus on trade-offs to make savings, rather than driving revenue growth through programmes to improve services and replace the ageing rolling stock. People in the north of England, and the economy, need decent working trains first and foremost, and this must be reflected in Government action."
Campaign for Better Transport is campaigning for better rail services in the north of England: read more about Right Track North.