20 May 2021
Reacting to the announcement of flexible season tickets in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"At last, part-time commuters will be able to buy flexible season tickets. We have called for this for years, but the need is now urgent to cater for the growing number of people planning to return to workplaces part-time - otherwise many will get in their cars instead, adding to traffic jams, air pollution and carbon emissions. It's great news that this will be a national scheme, and that travellers will be able to pay via a smartcard or phone. But the devil will be in the detail, and we will be watching closely as more information emerges about the tickets - it's important that they offer a decent discount to help steer us towards a green transport future".
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Notes to Editors
1. On 19 May Campaign for Better Transport launched a new campaign, The Way Forward, calling on the Government to support public transport by actively encouraging people to use buses, trains, coaches and trams as restrictions ease, and to introduce an incentive scheme to help boost passenger numbers as part of a national plan to place public transport at the heart of a green recovery. This photo from the campaign launch can be used by media.
2. Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).