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Blog – Future of rail

  • 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.  

  • 16 December 2020
    train barriers

    We learned today that from March next year, rail fares will rise by 2.6 per cent. This is a real blow to passengers planning to return to workplaces in the spring who will be hit by the inflation plus one per cent increase.  

  • 04 November 2020

    In his first blog as Campaign for Better Transport's new Chief Executive, Paul Tuohy explains what he sees as the challenges ahead.

  • 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.


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