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Government out of touch with passengers’ lives, say campaigners

18 August 2015

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the government’s announcement 'Earnings outstrip rail fare increases for the first time in a decade'.

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport said:

"It is astonishing that the Government is so out of touch with people's needs that it can describe an increase in rail fares in terms of the cost of new iPads as savings from them being even higher. The reality is that many commuters, especially those who work part-time, will continue to be hard pressed by the high cost of season tickets, causing them to make much tougher financial decisions than whether to buy a new iPad or book a weekend break - these are not the concerns of those struggling to afford to travel to work.

"Coming at a time when investment in rail has actually fallen by 20 per cent since 2009/10 as a result of the mismanagement of Network Rail's development programme, passengers are rightly upset that they aren't getting enough for their money. This announcement shows just how much the Government needs to get a grip and sort out flexible ticketing which will deliver the savings really needed by commuters.”


For further information please contact:

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk 

Notes to Editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport is the commuterUK'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. Read the Department for Transport’s Earnings outstrip rail fare increases for the first time in a decade press release here.

3. Regulated rail fares are set at inflation (RPI) of one per cent for 2016.

4. Read Campaign for Better Transport’s press release on flexible tickets for part-time workers here - UK lagging way behind Europe, when it comes to flexible rail tickets.
5. Campaign for Better Transports’ Fair Fares Now campaign calls for cheaper, fairer and simpler train fares. 

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