10 January 2013
Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the Brown review of the rail franchising programme.
Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, Stephen Joseph, said
"We welcome the Brown review and hope it will produce new safeguards so bids are properly assessed and under-performing franchise holders can be held to account. The challenge is now to restart the franchises process in a way that puts passengers and investment first rather than the interests of the Treasury."
Stephen Joseph continued
"If we are to continue with franchising, then the Department for Transport shouldn't stick to the old way of designing and delivering franchises but instead make sure that train companies are rewarded for delivering what passengers need and want."
Notes to Editors
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 is shortly to publish research examining alternative franchise models run by Transport for London on London Overground and Merseytravel on Merseyrail.
3. The Brown review of the rail franchising programme is available on the www.gov.uk website.