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Rail fare spike: bad for people, bad for the environment

2 January 2008
Campaign for Better Transport [1] says that today’s above-inflation increase in rail fares [2] is a backward step for a Government that talks about tackling climate change.

Stephen Joseph, the executive director of Campaign for Better Transport, said: “These fare spikes are bad for people and bad for the environment. Once again, the Government is talking tall but walking short when it comes to ensuring the transport sector tackles climate change. If it is serious about tackling climate change, it must ensure train journeys are an attractive, affordable option for people.” 

Notes to editors
[1] Campaign for Better Transport is the new name of Transport 2000, which has been securing better transport policy and programmes since 1973.

[2] Average rail fares increased by 5% today, rising 14.5% in some parts of the country. The Government is reducing its investment in rail. It plans to have passengers pay for 75% of the cost of running the rail network by 2014, compared to 50% now.