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End of rail franchising: Campaign for Better Transport responds

21 September 2020

Welcoming the announcement of the end of rail franchising today, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“We welcome the Government's ongoing support for rail passengers and the decision to replace the franchising system. The future of the railway now depends on the creation of a new system, centred around passengers, that delivers social, economic and environmental benefits, with more devolution to regional and local governments and competition in the right places. Delivering a reliable and affordable rail network that works for both commuters and leisure passengers is crucial to helping rebuild the economy and protecting the environment as part of a green transport-led recovery and today's announcement is a step in the right direction.”

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For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Campaign for Better Transport recent report, Covid-19 Recovery: Renewing the transport system, called for an end to the franchising system and made a number of recommendations for what should replace it (page 20 onwards).
  2. 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).