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Long-suffering passengers need the Government to implement rail fares consultation findings

4 June 2018

Campaign for Better Transport welcomes the public consultation on rail fares that opens today.

Steve Chambers, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"This consultation is what long-suffering passengers deserve. For too long, rail fares have been unfair, overly complex, and completely out of step with modern lifestyles. Growing ranks of part-time workers, for instance, must currently buy either expensive one-off train tickets or full-time season tickets that they waste on the days they don't work. 

"We warmly welcome this consultation. We will press rail companies to promote it as widely as possible among their passengers, and Government to implement its findings."

Notes to editors

  • The Rail Delivery Group (which brings together all rail companies) is working together with Transport Focus to develop "a set of proposals to governments to make fares simpler, easier and more trusted". A public consultation will run from 4 June to 10 September with a final report due in late autumn. More here.
  • 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).
  • Our new campaign, the Passenger Railway Challenge, aims to get the best from the Government, railway industry and train operating companies for passengers. As part of this we will be encouraging passengers to respond to the consultation and pressing the Government to implement its findings.