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Blog – Future of rail

  • 19 August 2020

    With today’s announcement of the Retail Price Index (RPI) figure for July, we now know that, if the Government decides to go ahead with the annual fare increase in January, regulated rail fares will be going up by 1.6 per cent just as many of us head back to our physical workplaces for the first...

  • 11 August 2020
    Photo: disused rail line

    Before the health crisis, the Government acknowledged the "huge potential" of rail lines closed under the Beeching cuts, and launched a £500 million 'Ideas Fund' to look into reopening many of them. Today, the case for reopening rail lines is stronger than ever, not just to enable more...

  • 20 July 2020

    The Government has indicated that rail passengers could be set to finally have the option to buy flexible season tickets. The introduction of part-time season tickets would see the conclusion of a campaign we began back in 2014 to get part-time commuters a better deal. 

  • 08 April 2020
    man on train platform

    The railways span the length and breadth of the country, connecting our towns and cities and transporting people and goods. An efficient, fast and environmental mode of transport, the railway’s success however is dependent on it’s connections to other modes. Few journeys, of people or freight,...

  • 08 April 2020
    woman on a train station platform

    For both passengers and freight, rail is a high-quality national transport network that can give people access to a wealth of social and economic opportunities. It can support local economies by expanding labour markets and encouraging new investment and development. It can help tackle regional...

  • 02 January 2020
    train platform

    Despite promises to the contrary, this year's rail fare rise of an average 2.7 per cent is still linked to the outdated and discredited Retail Price Index (RPI) figure, leaving passengers to dig a bit deeper into their pockets yet again. 

  • 28 December 2019
    Photo: people at station

    Today we've published our Future of rail report which examines the current failings of the railways and what steps the Government needs to take to get them back on track.

  • 03 October 2019

    Responding to the latest passenger rail usage figures released today, 3 October, by the Office of Rail and Road, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

  • 14 August 2019
    busy train station

    So, as it stands, in January rail fares will go up by 2.8 per cent - last month’s Retail Price Index (RPI) figure announced today. Commuters will be dismayed to be paying yet more again next year, not least as they endure weekly delays and cancellations and regular overcrowding on much of the...

  • 17 June 2019
    photo by R~P~M via Flickr

    The announcement that the Government intends to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050 has far reaching consequences for the transport sector. As the largest source of greenhouse gases, emissions from the sector rose between 2013 and 2017 and are higher now than they were in 1990. Meeting a...


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