If you’d like to see simpler, cheaper, fairer train fares both for leisure and business you might want to support a new a campaign launched earlier this month.
Many climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers love the freedom that owning a car brings, but are also aware of the environmental costs of driving. Public transport offers an alternative, but sometimes the costs and complexities can be enough to deter attempts at using alternative transport.
Fair Fares Now is a one-year campaign; it aims to hold the Government to its promise to make fares fair by harnessing passengers’ growing anger at yearly fair rises and using it to prevent even higher fare increases in 2012.
Fair Fares Now is calling for:
- Affordable prices, including peak times and turn-up-and-go tickets
- Reliable services that aren’t overcrowded
- Straightforward tickets that make train travel simple and finding the cheapest fare easy
- A national rail card that gives you discounted travel
- Smart cards, wherever you live
- Rewarding train users for environmentally friendly travel
First to sign up to the campaign was world famous adventurer Michael Palin, who said:
"Rail fare rises are holding travellers to ransom, and increasing the likelihood that people will have to take to our already over-crowded roads. Regular price hikes are no way for the Government and the train companies to reward their regular customers. Instead of milking them, they should be thanking them for their loyalty with a better, simpler, more competitive fare structure."
Fair Fares Now is brought to you by sustainable transport charity Campaign for Better Transport; it campaigns for green transport that's good for people and the planet.
For more information and to sign up to the campaign go to the Fair Fares Now website
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