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Government makes u-turn on rail fares

7 September 2014
Campaign for Better Transport responds to today's Government announcement that rail fare rises will be capped at inflation for another year.

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"This announcement will be a welcome relief to millions of people who were finding their rail fare rise outstrip their wage rise by up to four times during this parliament. Hopefully it's an indication that the Government will now implement a coherent plan of much-needed investment which removes the burden from passengers. Fares need to be held down for the long term while wages catch up, and the inflation formula finally needs to change from the Retail Price Index to the lower, fairer Consumer Price Index to bring it in line with other measures."

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For further information please contact Chloë Darlington at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or chloe.darlington@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes:

1.  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).

2. Campaign for Better Transport runs the Fair Fares Now campaign, campaigning for fares that are cheaper, fairer and simpler. Read more at www.bettertransport.org.uk/fair-fares-now

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