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Blog – Future of rail

  • 22 April 2022

    When we launched our The Way Forward campaign last year, we urged the Government to lead the way with a national campaign and incentive scheme to encourage people back on board public transport post-Covid. That’s why on Tuesday, we welcomed the launch of the first ever nationwide rail ticket...

  • 01 March 2022
    woman at train ticket  machine

    As the old proverb goes, only three things in life are certain: birth, death, and change, but in the case of the annual RPI rail fare rise, perhaps ‘no change’ would be more appropriate. It might have come on a different day – 1 March instead of 1 January this year – but it’s the same old story...

  • 17 December 2021
    Photo: passengers alighting from train

    Today we learnt that rail fares will rise by 3.8 per cent in March. This is bad news not just for travellers – some commuters will be asked to stump up hundreds of pounds more for their season tickets – but also for the environment. Because the danger is that many people will choose to drive...

  • 07 December 2021
    train passengers embarking

    The most striking element of the recent Integrated Rail Plan was the reception it received. Here was the government committing itself to a huge £96 billion investment in rail - “the biggest ever public investment in Britain’s rail network” - and it was almost universally slated, particularly by...

  • 20 October 2021
    Penny Woods, Norman Baker and John Lilley

    The Government is considering whether to increase rail fares in January. If it raises them by one per cent above RPI as planned, we could soon be paying almost five per cent more to travel by train. 

  • 06 September 2021
    woman on train platform

    A guest blog post by Malcolm Brown, CEO of Angel Trains Limited

    The last 16 months have shaken the world in so many different ways and tragically affected many lives. As we come out of the darkest parts of the pandemic, we are starting to consider how to resurrect our economy and...

  • 18 August 2021

    Usually at this time of year we find out how much more we’ll be paying for our rail tickets next year as the annual rail fare rise is confirmed. This year though the Government has deferred a decision on the 2022 rise until later in the year.

  • 22 June 2021
    rail passengers buying tickets from a machine

    We’ve all been waiting on the platform for ages – years in fact – for the arrival of flexi-tickets. They finally turned up this week, much delayed but at least not cancelled.

  • 28 May 2021
    Photo: campaign banner at Liverpool Lime Street station

    The pandemic hit public transport hard. The number of rail passengers fell to its lowest level in 170 years. Buses ran at a fraction of capacity and bustling coach stations became echoing voids. 

  • 12 February 2021
    Photo: woman at ticket machine

    "A flexible approach to season tickets will be essential in 2021 and beyond. If it's not offered then I won't be returning to the office." That’s what commuter James told us about how his travel patterns are likely to change after the health crisis - and he's not alone.  

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