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Institute of Economic Affairs report ‘out dated and out of step with public opinion’

10 February 2016

Campaign for Better Transport responded to the publication of the Institute of Economic Affairs report, Without Delay – Getting Britain’s railways moving, today.  

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, said: “This report is based on outdated ideas and is completely out of step with public opinion. Paving over Britain's railways or cutting all public funding, both of which are suggested by this report, are recipes for chaos, congestion and pollution, especially in our cities and towns.

“Whilst there is certainly room for improvement within Network Rail, no-one should forget the disaster that was Railtrack and the appalling number of fatalities on Britain’s railways during that time. Further fragmentation and privatisation to create lots of ‘mini Railtracks’, as the report also suggests, won’t solve the current challenge facing the railways, which is to cope with unprecedented demand while updating tracks and stations so they support a growing population and economy.

“Rather than repeating the mistakes of the past, and give any credence to this outdated anti-rail report, the Government should support a strong, accountable national body to manage the network and allow more devolved decision making to link rail with strategic land-use planning and the needs of passengers and communities.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. A recent poll by Survation showed 59 per cent of the public are against the privatisation of Network Rail

2. 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).