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RDG rail fares announcement: Campaign for Better Transport reacts

30 November 2019

Reacting to the Rail Delivery Group's announcement that rail fares will rise by an average of 2.7% next year, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"January's above inflation fare rise [1] will no doubt leave passengers dismayed after years of appalling service. With little relief in sight for many from delays, cancellations and overcrowding it will be an inauspicious start to the new year for the railway.

"The rail industry should be doing everything possible to ensure that passengers can get the cheapest fare for their journey. The industry should do everything it can to encourage more independent ticket retailers and allow them to sell train tickets so they can help passengers find the cheapest fare and save money."

ENDS

For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. While the overall fare rise of 2.7% is below the RPI figure of 2.8% from July 2019, which is used to set 2020 rail fares, is it above the equivalent CPI figure which was 2.1%. CPI is accepted to be the more accurate measure of inflation and the former Secretary of State agreed that fares should no longer rise by RPI but by CPI. Regulated fares (including Season tickets on most commuter journeys, some Off-Peak return tickets on long distance journeys and Anytime tickets around major cities) will rise by 2.8% in January.

2. Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. We campaign to bring sustainable transport to all and ensure solutions are delivered that improve the wellbeing of communities, quality of life and the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

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