18 August 2021
Responding to the news that rail passengers will now have to wait until later in the year to find out if fares will rise in January, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“We welcome the news that the Government is reconsidering the annual RPI-linked fare rise to help encourage more people back to public transport. The railway is crucial to the economy and will play a key role in a green economic recovery, so we want to see rail passengers given the same break as drivers have had with the fuel duty freeze. We’re urging the Government to freeze fares for next year to help increase passenger numbers and boost the economy, as well as reducing carbon emissions, air pollution and congestion.
“Capping rail fares at their current level would just be the first step in a rail recovery plan, with the Government needing to go a whole lot further to encourage people out of their cars and onto public transport at the rate we need to tackle climate change. We want to see fares reform expediated, investment to ensure all communities have access to the rail network and a shift in the balance of transport funding away from roads and driving and towards public transport.”
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Notes to Editors
- Read Campaign for Better Transport’s rail fares media briefing.
- Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).