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Rail Review needs to solve passengers problems and reform the fares system

11 October 2018

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the release of the terms of reference for the Rail Review, and the oral statement in the House of Commons by the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, into the running of the railways.

Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“The Rail Review is a chance to rethink not just the structure and operation of the railways, but the role it plays as a modern transport network, supporting communities and the economy. The interests of passengers need to be at the centre of this, and that also means a fundamental review of fares.”

“The Government and the review team should ensure that the views of passengers are heard.”

Notes
1. The terms of reference for the rail review, and the oral statement by the Secretary of State Chris Grayling MP in the House of Commons, today cover the focus of the review and membership of the challenge panel.

2. Campaign for Better Transport wrote to the Prime Minister in June calling for just such a review. In a letter about the recent timetabling chaos we wrote: "In addition we want to see a full independent review of the way in which the Department for Transport manages franchises, including ways in which local authorities, passengers and communities can have a greater say over local rail services, and a commitment to future investment, especially in the north of England. Only then will people have faith that this cannot happen again."

 

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