23 July 2009
Campaign for Better Transport welcomed today's announcement on rail electrification but said that this must not mean higher fares. Stephen Joseph, executive director, said,
"We warmly welcome this announcement – it will bring us closer to European standards in rail travel with better and more reliable trains with lower emissions. However, this must not be used as an excuse to increase fares that already the highest in Europe, as is happening with the new Kent high-speed services. Electrification brings wider benefits in cutting pollution and attracting people out of cars – these need to be paid for by the Government rather than by rail passengers."
"This needs to be the first step in a rolling programme, embracing urban and local rail services rather than just inter-city lines. The Government needs to get on with more infill electrification so as to connect places like Blackpool that are currently not on the inter-city network."
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