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Review of rail franchising cannot come soon enough

5 September 2018

Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed reports that the Prime Minister is planning a major review of rail franchising [1].

The group wrote to the Prime Minister in June [2] calling for just such a review, which it says must focus on ways in which passengers, local authorities and communities can have a greater say over local rail services.

Darren Shirley, Chief Executive at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"Problems on the railways this year have emphasised the need for the Government to review how the railways operate and put in place a system that puts passengers' interests first. We welcome this first step. But passengers shouldn't suffer in the short term: the Government should freeze regulated rail fares from January rather than going ahead with the threatened 3.2 per cent increase."


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

Notes to editors

1. Financial Times, 4 September 2018.

2. Campaign for Better Transport wrote to the Prime Minister in June to demand action on the compensation promised to commuters following the recent timetabling chaos: "In addition we want to see a full independent review of the way in which the Department for Transport manages franchises, including ways in which local authorities, passengers and communities can have a greater say over local rail services, and a commitment to future investment, especially in the north of England. Only then will people have faith that this cannot happen again."

3. The Passenger Railway Challenge is our new campaign to get the best from the Government, railway industry and train operating companies for passengers.

4. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

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