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Blog – Passenger Railway Challenge

  • 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.

  • 12 June 2009

    11 June 2009: A tram scheme in Nottinghamshire is under threat because the newly elected Conservative councillors want to cut the Council's funding for it.

  • 28 May 2009

    1 June 2009: Caught on camera: When trains and planes fight for our business, planes fight nasty. It's not a fair fight.

  • 08 May 2009

    8 May 2009: The Independent has publicised a fact we've been highlighting for some time now: since Labour came to power, public transport fares have risen while the cost of motoring has fallen, undermining attempts to cut carbon emissions.

  • 30 April 2009

    30 April 2009: The recession is no excuse for service cuts and higher fares - let's tell the Government to get its act together.

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