We're working to improve train journeys
Taking the train can be a great alternative to driving or flying, but too often it's not. Fares are too expensive, services are often overcrowded and for many people, there is no railway station nearby.
Strong Government action is required now
Hundreds of companies are involved in our rail network, making it hard to know who to turn to for a better train service. The best approach is to focus on the Government. It has the power to make improvements happen and it can be held accountable by passengers.
Fares are too expensive and buying a ticket is too complicated. Our campaign to cut train fares aims to change this; we're calling for the Government to review how it regulates fares.
The Government needs a clear plan to tackle overcrowding by expanding capacity, not pricing people off trains. It must introduce the 1300 new carriages it promised to provide in 2007 as soon as possible.
The Government should link more towns to the rail network by building and reopening small lines.
Passengers need more accessible stations which are easier to get to by bus or bike. And we need a seven-day railway: fewer weekend line closures, with some lines working while work is done on others, should be the norm.
Saving money means more money for investment, and better services for passengers. Yet since 1997, the cost of running the rail network has trebled. The Government should keep the East Coast line in the public sector to look at whether it provides better value for money.
Better links between our train network, housing and retail developments is a planning necessity. High density development results in high rail use.
Environmental strategies must be a mandatory element of franchise bids. Trains would be even greener if all railway lines and trains were run on green electricity.
You are part of the solution
While the Government needs to do a great deal, there are ways you can help to improve trains:
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