Blog – Future of rail
02 May 2018
When we launched our Fair Fares Now campaign back in 2011 we were staring down the barrel of three years of inflation plus three per cent fare rises. Largely due to the huge amount of media coverage we managed to secure through the campaign, the government backed down and dropped those...
08 March 2018
Rail’s strength is not just in moving people. It cuts carbon, supports communities, develops local economies and much else. The rail industry – and franchising in particular - must do more to understand, promote and develop these benefits.
12 February 2018
The Government wants rail to be greener and cleaner. That’s great, but to make it happen we now need to see a consistent long-term plan.
02 January 2018
Welcome back to work. Did you have a good Christmas and New Year? Oh by the way, your train ticket has gone up £150.
05 December 2017
If you had passed the Department for Transport last Wednesday morning, you'd have seen a gaggle of senior politicians, campaigners, and a giant green train outside.
01 December 2017
The Government has published its new Strategic Vision for Rail, setting out policy on what the rail network should look like and how it is to be managed.
27 November 2017
"It's the best thing that's happened to our area in a long time..."
These are the words of John Ellis, who lives near Bradford - just a short walk from the newly opened Low Moor Station. The original station at Low Moor was closed as part of the Beeching Cuts in the 1960s. After years of...
13 November 2017
You're familiar with that piece of orange card that train companies have been using for well over 30 years - but is it time for ticketing to get smart? And what would truly smart ticketing mean for passengers? Guest blogger Andrew Steele is Director of Corporate Strategy at SilverRail. He's...
28 September 2017
Arguments about regional inequalities in rail spending have festered for years. While these traditionally focus on economic and social consequences, the decision to axe major electrification projects shows why environmental impacts matter and need to be addressed.
15 August 2017
Today we learned that rail fares will rise 3.6 per cent in January making it the biggest rise for five years. To put it into context, that means an average rise for commuters coming into London of £146; for commuters coming into Bristol an extra £72; and for commuters working in Birmingham an...