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Don't price people off the railway, says Transport 2000

11 July 2007
Transport 2000 [1] has criticised the Government in response to today’s announcement [2] of fare increases at least 30% above inflation. The organisation argues that pricing people off the railway to combat overcrowding makes no environmental or economic sense.

Cat Hobbs, public transport campaigner at Transport 2000, said: “It’s essential that our railways give us affordable, sustainable transport options. Today’s announcement suggests that the Department for Transport doesn’t appreciate this. We hope that its forthcoming Rail White Paper proves otherwise.”

Notes to editors

[1] Transport 2000 is an independent campaigning and research body that represents the key transport interests of around 40 environmental groups, transport organisations and transport unions. We bring together people who seek to reduce the environmental and social effects of transport through encouraging less use of cars, lorries and planes and more use of rail, buses, trams, cycling and walking.

[2] The Department for Transport has required train companies to increase fares so that government subsidy for the railways can be reduced. Three companies signing contracts in the past fortnight – Arriva, Stagecoach and Go-Ahead – have announced fare rises of 30% by 2015 (The Times, 11 July 2007).