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Make rail travel more attractive to passengers, say campaigners

5 October 2017

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the publication of new statistics by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) showing the fall in the number of passenger rail journeys across the UK.

The figures also show the number of journeys made using season tickets has fallen by 11 per cent indicating passengers prefer more flexible tickets for their journeys.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“The fall in rail passenger journeys shows that rather than ploughing billions into new road building projects, which only adds more traffic to our already congested roads, the government should give rail the investment it really needs, making it a more attractive and affordable option for passengers.

“With the change to people’s working patterns we need to see the introduction of season tickets for part-time workers and improvements to a ticketing system which is far too complex.

“Also, with some of the highest fares in Europe, and regulated rail fares set to rise by around four per cent next January, the Government must step in and freeze fares, or risk further alienating passengers.”


For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

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