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  • 26 August 2009

    26 August 2009: The Network Rail report published today raises serious questions about whether a high speed rail line is a good way of spending £34 billion. 

  • 20 August 2009

    20 August 2009: Passengers have a hard time trying to get the cheapest ticket, according to a report released today.

  • 18 August 2009

    18 August 2009: The Government is pretending it's being tough on train companies by sticking to the RPI+1% formula for regulated train fares.

  • 13 August 2009

    13 August 2009: Many passengers travelling on First Great Western trains to and from London will be paying 20% more from September.

  • 05 August 2009

    5 August 2009: Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has said rail journeys should replace short-haul flights, and is planning a high speed rail line to achieve this. We're delighted the Government has realised that many plane journeys should be made by train instead.

  • 27 July 2009

    27 July 2009: Our campaign to reduce rail fares received a massive boost after a Parliamentary Committee concluded that fares are too high.

  • 20 July 2009

    20 July 2009: If you visit many European cities, you will see quiet, clean, frequent trams instead of cars hooting at each other. But in this country, we only have a few trams because Government guidance makes it very hard to introduce them.

  • 14 July 2009

    15 July 2009:  We're glad the Government has put out a strategy today for reducing carbon in the transport sector. But it seems to think business as normal can continue, with a bit of tweaking. It’s wrong: carbon emissions won’t fall if it continues with plans to build roads, expand airports,...

  • 01 July 2009

    1 July 2009: The Government is setting up a publicly owned company to run trains on the East Coast mainline by the end of the year, because National Express cannot meet its franchise commitments. This is a chance for Government to learn lessons and try to improve things for passengers. We’ve got...

  • 12 June 2009

    15 June 2009: A new report agrees with us: in traffic-clogged towns around the country, people are desperate for a railway line that would give them a real alternative to driving.

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