15 December 2015
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the publication of new statistics by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) showing passenger numbers continuing to rise at railway stations across the UK.
Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said: “These statistics show more passengers than ever are using the rail network and it is vital the Government supports this with smart ticketing, flexible season tickets for part-time workers and improved rolling stock.
“The problems experienced by passengers at London Bridge this year are clearly reflected by the drop in passenger numbers and demonstrates the pressure on the rail network.
“As well as increased investment in the biggest and busiest stations in London and the south, we need to see more done in parts of the north where there has been very little investment in the network. This must include more station re-openings to connect rural communities who currently lose out as they are not on the network.”
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Notes to Editors
- 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).
- Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is the independent safety and economic regulator for Great Britain's railways.
- The ORR report and statistics can be found here.