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Rail usage figures: fares freeze and flexible season tickets are needed

10 December 2020

Responding to today's figures on passenger rail usage for July-September 2020, which show usage down 70 per cent on last year, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"As more people begin to return to workplaces, we must not ignore the vital role that rail plays in reducing road traffic, carbon emissions and air pollution which is returning to dangerous levels. It would be a big mistake to raise rail fares in January: the Government should freeze fares and bring in flexible season tickets for the many people expected to commute part-time. The alternative is people staying away from the railway in the long term, with disastrous effects."

ENDS

For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • The ORR's statistical release, Passenger Rail Usage 2020-21 Quarter 2, can be read online. 
  • A study today by Centre for Cities shows that air pollution in cities fell over the course of the first national lockdown, but now meets or exceeds pre-pandemic levels in 80 per cent of places studied.
  • Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

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