31 October 2013
Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the publication of the Office of Rail Regulation’s five year plan for funding Britain’s railways between 2014 and 2019.
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has set strict targets for punctuality and safety for the next five years, whilst making efficiency savings across many areas.
Martin Abrams, public transport campaigner for Campaign for Better Transport, said: “The rail expansion in this settlement will be welcomed by passengers and will also help to take lorries off our roads and put more freight on rail. The plan sets some ambitious and encouraging targets to improve things, but what it also shows is that the cost of running our railways is actually falling, whilst train fares are still increasing much faster than inflation. Commuters are right to ask why this is. As real wages continue to fall we would like to see some of these savings passed onto hard-working commuters."
Notes to Editors
1. 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).
2. The full ORR Draft determination document can be found here.
3. The ORR summary document can be found here.
4. Campaign for Better Transport has produced a graph comparing rail fare increases and wage increases since 2004 which you can view here.