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RDG response to Spending Review

Responding to the Chancellor's Spending Review, Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations and Regions at the Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators, said:

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Free train travel for almost a thousand fleeing domestic abuse as demand for help soars

Train companies are extending free train travel for survivors of domestic abuse until the end of March next year. The move comes as figures show four survivors a day, on average, have been using the scheme and reports show that abuse has worsened during coronavirus restrictions.  

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New pilot boosts already high face covering compliance on the railway

As part of ongoing work by the rail industry to increase passenger confidence and make the railway even safer during the coronavirus pandemic, a new pilot to increase already high observance of face covering rules has led to almost total compliance on trains and at stations. 

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Glasgow Queen Street named Britain’s favourite railway station in public vote

  • Glasgow Queen Street has been named the nation’s favourite railway station in a public poll which recorded over 95,000 votes
  • 48 stations from across the country competed head to head in the World Cup of Stations with the Scottish terminal receiving most votes 
  • Queen Street beat Scottish rivals in the group stages before triumphing in the final over three English stations in a nail biting conclusion, pulling ahead in the final 15 minutes of voting
  • Rail staff at Glasgow Queen Street and at stations across the country have been playing a key role supporting Britain’s recovery from COVID-19 
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Honorary Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes and Sophie Faldo back initiative to help veterans adjust to civilian life

  • New Veterans Railcard is now on sale at an introductory price of just £21 until 31st March 2021
  • An extra 830k people will benefit from 1/3 off rail travel for them and a companion + up to four kids get 60% off
  • Veterans Railcard holders will be able to use their Railcard for journeys from 5th November
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Britons to vote for top railway station as World Cup of Stations 2020 gets underway

  • This week the British public will vote for their favourite railway station in the World Cup of Stations 2020 
  • 48 stations from across the country will compete head to head in the online poll   
  • Stations and staff have been playing a key role supporting Britain’s recovery from COVID-19 
  • Dark horse 2019 champions Huddersfield face stiff competition from newly redeveloped Glasgow Queen Street and pride of Wales, Cardiff Central. 
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RDG response to ORR data showing rail journeys at lowest levels since mid-nineteenth century

This morning the ORR published their latest statistical release on Passenger Rail Usage, covering Quarter 1 of 2020-21 (April to June 2020).

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New joint working pilot with BTP in London as rail companies work to ensure people can travel with confidence

Four train firms, Great Northern, Southeastern, Southern and Thameslink, are working together with the British Transport Police as part of a new pilot in London to further encourage people to wear face coverings.

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Changes at the top prepare the Rail Delivery Group for the future

The Rail Delivery Group has announced changes to its leadership that will ensure the organisation is ready to support potential reforms stemming from the Williams Review into the future structure of the railway.

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Labour conference warned that Britain’s on the precipice of a car-led recovery

  • Speaking at a virtual Labour Party Conference fringe event on rail and decarbonisation, a senior rail executive has warned that Britain is on the verge of a car-led recovery
  • An economic recovery built on increased use of road vehicles would be devastating to the nation’s net zero carbon ambitions
  • Increased investment in the railways and reform of rail fares as the country emerges from COVID can incentivise people to make greener choices, the rail industry says
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Rail companies respond to government announcement about rail franchising

Industry welcomes ongoing support to keep railway running for passengers and the end of the franchise system.

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More room for passengers as rail industry 'boosts timetable to boost confidence' of those returning to school and work

Rail companies are adding services to timetables as schools reopen and people increasingly return to workplaces.