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Blog – Future of rail

  • 06 December 2016
    Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling

    It was billed as the great re-privatisation of the railways with the market ushered in to reign supreme over the tracks. But anyone hoping the Secretary of State was going to take a chainsaw to Network Rail or even summon the dark spirit of Railtrack will be disappointed.

  • 15 November 2016
    Girl with long hair on platform, green train in background

    When Sophie Barber turned 16, her rail fare went up by 77%! Unhappy that she now had to pay an adult fare just to get to school, she took action and together with her friend Emily Stott, started the Childfare campaign. In this blog, Sophie reveals how the campaign started.

  • 26 October 2016
    Teenage boy and girl with scarf stand on train platform

    Anyone searching on the Govia Thameslink website for information about student rail fares will soon discover an anomaly:  the Cambridge Student Connect offer.  This is a unique 50 per cent discount fare available to 16-18 year-olds in education or training, within Cambridgeshire.  It means that...

  • 13 October 2016
    picture of train tickets

    Last week the Office of Rail and Road published the outcome of their inquiry into the retail market for train tickets. The inquiry, which began two and half years ago, set out to examine how ticket sales could be more in tune with passenger interests. We have long campaigned for tickets to be...

  • 15 September 2016
    Man holds up a placard reading 'Southern Discomfort'

    Fed-up passengers can now turn to the Consumer Rights Act.

  • 02 August 2016
    Wednesday 10 August, meet Victoria Station at 5:30pm, march on Department for Transport

    Delays, cancellations and disruptions on Southern rail services are harming people's lives. And commuters are having to pay ££££ for services which are consistently late, overcrowded and infrequent.

  • 28 July 2016

    New statistics on rail overcrowding make grim reading for commuters across the country. The Government must commit to new long term funding to increase capacity and help the railways continue to grow.

  • 21 June 2016
    image of southern train

    Southern Rail services are a mess. The Government urgently needs to get a grip on this failing franchise. 

    Southern Rail passengers put up with a lot. There are no less than three industrial disputes going on involving a shortage of drivers, the role of guards and the closure of ticket...

  • 16 June 2016
    Photo: night train

    We often talk about the problems faced by peak-time rail commuters, from overcrowded trains to extortionate peak fares. But what about people who commute at evenings and weekends? Simon Winstanley says the experience has plenty of its own stresses, which often go unmentioned.

  • 19 May 2016
    Photo: Passengers at Paddington Station

    The Commons Transport Committee has launched an investigation into 'the rail passenger experience', looking into what needs to change so that passengers can feel that our train tickets represent real value for money.


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