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Extra train carriages must help solve rail overcrowding say campaigners

29 January 2018

Campaign for Better Transport welcomed the rail industry announcement of new trains and said they needed to be used on lines and services with the worst overcrowding.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“We welcome the news that more train carriages are on their way and hope they can be used to reduce overcrowding on busy lines and services. We also want those ordering trains to consult users - some of the new trains now coming in are not as comfortable as those they are replacing, yet passengers are paying ever higher fares and expect better trains for their money."

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For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or Richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk 

Notes to Editors

  • This is in response to the announcement today, 29 January, by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) that the number of rail carriages is set to rise. It is planned that an extra 1,300 carriages will be added to our railway, 5,700 have already been announced, bringing the total of new carriages available for passenger use to 7,000 by 2021.
  • 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).