12 June 2013
Responding to today’s (Wednesday) review of Network Rail’s plans by the Office of Rail Regulation, Campaign for Better Transport welcomed its main findings but warned that passengers needed action too on fares.
Richard Hebditch, Campaigns Director for the Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“The Office of Rail Regulation have identified a further £2bn of savings that can be made. There is a clear implication in the ORR’s report that it is time for the Government to use these savings to end above inflation fare rises. Ministers have promised to end such rises when cost savings are identified – the ORR has provided the evidence, now Ministers must act.”
Richard Hebditch also welcomed measures to improve services for passengers.
“Passengers want to know that Network Rail and train companies are rewarded for improving services and can’t game the system to boost profits. We’re pleased that the ORR have acted to give a greater priority to reducing journey times so that timetables aren’t fixed to give trains time to catch up for their final destination to avoid penalties for being late. We’re also pleased that the compensation that train companies receive when buses replace trains during engineering work will be reduced. This should mean that train companies look to alternative solutions like temporary timetable changes rather than forcing passengers into buses to finish their journey.”
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 Office of Rail Regulation’s Periodic Review 2013: Draft determination of Network Rail’s outputs and funding for 2014-19 will determine Network Rail’s funding and what the company is required to deliver based on what England & Wales and Scottish governments want from the railways and how much money they have available to spend. For more details, see http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.11171.