Transport Focus responds to the Government’s rail investment announcement
20 July 2017
Commenting on the publication of the High level output specification by the Department of Transport, chief executive of Transport Focus Anthony Smith, said:
“The emphasis from the Government on maintaining and improving the reliability of existing services is welcome – this is a key rail passenger priority for improvement.
“Passengers will be looking for the benefits that might have come with electrification of services to still be on track. More reliable services, more seats and new trains will clearly be welcome.
“The focus on improving value for money for passengers is good. Much needed investment in the railways is being made by passengers and the taxpayer. Passengers should pay their share of that investment but has the Government got the right balance between taxpayer and passenger funding?
“The Government, following the hard hitting Gibb Report, must explain how it is going to ensure they and the industry can deliver better value for money to help keep a lid on future price rises. The soaring cost of the way the rail industry is planned and organised are being borne by passengers, many of whom have little choice.”