Just The Ticket! Good first step, but more to do as Great British Rail Sale is launched

19 April 2022 

Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the Great British Rail Sale as a useful first step in getting people back onto trains.

Norman Baker, from Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“Trains are a great way to travel – good for the economy, good for social mobility and good for the environment – but passenger numbers have to date not fully recovered to their pre-COVID levels. This is an excellent way to win back those passengers and remind them that our trains are safe, clean and for a short period at least much cheaper too. We have been pushing for action to get people back on trains so are delighted the government has responded positively.

“I hope the take-up of this offer will attract people onto trains and actually end up generating extra money for the government. It can show the Treasury that the way to increase income is to cut fares, not keep ratcheting them up and driving people off the railway. This initiative, though very welcome, is but a first step.”

In addition to today’s announcement, Campaign for Better Transport is calling for:

  • An end to massive annual fare rises
  • A wholesale rejigging of fares and ticketing to respond to new travelling patterns
  • Much better use of public money by Network Rail (and subsequently Great British Railways) to get more improvements for the same money
  • Far fewer engineering works at times people want to travel
  • Better timetables to eliminate padding and poor connections.

ENDS 

For further information please contact the press office on 07984 773 468 (calls only no texts) or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport’s vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).