20 May 2021
Reacting to the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"We welcome this plan with its focus on the needs of passengers, simpler fares and contactless ticketing. But the devil will be in the detail. Will flexible season tickets - so sorely needed to encourage commuters back onto trains - offer a decent discount? Will there be single-leg pricing to make fares fair and transparent? Will the very welcome commitment to grow the rail network be backed by proper funding so that disconnected communities can access the opportunities that rail brings? It's also vital that Network Rail can be held to account under these new arrangements.
"If we're to avoid a car-led recovery after Covid, with disastrous traffic jams, pollution and communities being left behind, it's more vital than ever that the rail network properly meets people's needs."
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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 introducing 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).