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Campaigners welcome announcement that extra trains to run across rail network

20 March 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds today, Monday 20 March, to the announcement by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents train operators and Network Rail, that 6,400 extra trains will run across the rail network every week by 2021.

Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"We welcome the increase in trains: more capacity on the rail network helps to ease the overcrowding which makes so many commuters' lives a misery. Frequent rail services are vital to connect people to jobs, education, friends and family.

“Alongside more frequent trains the Government and operators must also invest in longer trains and prioritise connecting smaller towns and villages to the public transport network, to ensure rail offers a viable and environmentally responsible alternative to car travel.”


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

Notes to editors

  • To receive a copy of the Rail Delivery Group’s press release detailing timetable changes allowing more passenger trains to run across the network, email paul.prentice@raildeliverygroup.com
  • 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
  • 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.