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Government risks stalling rail passenger growth in the north of England

14 September 2015 

Responding to the growth in rail passenger numbers, James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"It's great that more people are using the train, but the Government risks stalling this growth, or even reversing it, if it continues to press the pause button on rail investment projects across the north of England. We need a clear timetable for delivering the fast, high capacity and high quality rail connections passengers in the north of England deserve."

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For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors
 

1. The Rail Delivery Group found that 1.6bn passenger rail journeys were taken in the past 12 months, compared to 800m in 1997.

2. 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).