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The search is on for rail’s ‘weakest link’

2 July 2007
In an effort to say ‘good-bye’ to car-dependent train stations, Transport 2000 [1] today launched a competition to find the train stations in England and Wales that are most difficult to travel to [2]. The Government is due to publish the Local Transport Bill this autumn, and if it is serious about meeting today’s transport challenges and reducing congestion, then it needs to get train operators, local governments and Network Rail working together to link train stations to the local area.

Transport 2000’s Tara Melton encourages all members of the public to enter the competition:

"There are many contenders for this prize, because too many railway stations do not link well with the local area, and offer no walking, cycling or bus routes, forcing people to drive.

"Transport 2000 believes that all stations should have good bus links and must be accessible by cycle or foot. Paths should be well lit, clearly and accurately sign posted and free of physical obstacles. Stations should create an environment that is safe, welcoming and easily accessible irrespective of whether located in rural or urban areas.

"We hope this competition will send a strong message to Network Rail, rail operators, local authorities, bus operators and the Government to work together and say ‘good-bye’ to rail’s ‘weakest links’."

The competition runs until 8 August and results will be announced 24 August on Transport 2000’s website. All entrants will be entered into a prize draw for travel vouchers.

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 competition is now closed.