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Fare increases are pricing people off rail

1 January 2009
Responding to the rail fare increases that will come into effect tomorrow (2 January 2009), Stephen Joseph, executive director of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"Rail is the low-carbon way to travel but passengers are being priced off with above-inflation fare increases. At a time of recession, these increases are making life difficult for hard-working families.

"The Government's policy is to reduce its investment in the railways and make passengers pay more. Instead, it should invest more, regulate fares so they don't rise above inflation and make it easy for people to reduce their carbon footprint."


Notes for editors

Campaign for Better Transport recently published research which provides evidence that demand for public transport has been suppressed by high fares. It says that if fares were reduced by 20% to a level more in line with the European average, bus travel would increase by 13% and rail travel by 17% by 2015. The research shows that reducing bus and rail fares and increasing motoring and aviation taxes could cut carbon emissions from transport by 13% by 2025. The research was carried out by Steer Davies Gleave and published in December 2008. It is available at http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/press_releases/december_2008/costs_and_carbon