14 October 2019
Responding to the Queen's Speech today (14 October), Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Passengers have borne the brunt of the failures of the rail network for too long, so the recommendations from the Williams Review, particularly around local devolution and fares reform, must be swiftly brought forward and lead to enduring improvements across the railway and for the country as a whole. The Government can make one swift change in advance of the White Paper that will benefit passengers immediately: it should commit to dropping the RPI fare rise due in January 2020. It has a matter of weeks to ensure this increase doesn't go ahead, further exasperating passengers.
"The Environment Bill should include legally binding air quality targets, and the Government should ensure that towns and cities across the country are supported to deliver cleaner air and zero emissions from their transport networks. To unleash the economic potential of the regions, there are further powers that should be devolved to councils so that they can take the lead in delivering local transport that works for their communities."
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Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. We campaign to bring sustainable transport to all and ensure solutions are delivered that improve the wellbeing of communities, quality of life and the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).