Play fare on railways, says campaigner

The Government should cut waste and not increase fare prices if they want a better rail network, according to a campaigner.

Stephen Joseph, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, argues that rail industry is so badly run that it costs a billion pounds a year more than it should.

‘We support the fact that they want to put investment into the railways, the problem is that they're expecting it all to come from commuters,’ he said.

‘The railways cost a billion pounds a year more to run than they should do and we think the Government should concentrate on actually reducing waste and inefficiency and getting costs down in the railways before they start hammering commuters.’

Meanwhile, above inflation fare rises were implemented across the country. Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, defended the price rises.

He said: ‘The quality of service has been improving and punctuality is at an all-time high.

‘More and more people are choosing to travel by train despite previous increases and when we look forward over the next 10-20 years all the signs are that increasing numbers of people will choose to travel by train.’

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