31 March 2014
Responding to the announcement of a £38bn rail investment programme by Network Rail, Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport's chief executive, said:
"The investment announced today by Network Rail proves just how successful and important our railways are, but the focus must be on value for money for the travelling public and not just the Treasury. Investment must anticipate and support future growth, as well respond to existing pressures, and Network Rail needs to look at creating new stations and reopening closed ones, not just upgrading existing facilities.
“Passengers need affordable and reliable services and the Government has an important role to play in providing decent policies on regulated fares and ending above inflation fare rises once and for all, as well as supporting more train building to cut overcrowding and providing a long term rolling stock strategy.”
Notes to Editors
1. Network Rail has announced a five-year plan to invest £38bn in rail infrastructure.
2. Campaign for Better Transport runs the Fair Fares Now campaign, which calls for cheaper, fairer and simpler rail tickets.
3. 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).