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Birmingham New Street concourse at night

Rail industry response to confirmation that restrictions will ease next week

Statement following the announcement by the Prime Minister that 'Plan B' restrictions will be eased from Thursday 27 January.

Manchester Piccadilly railway station

Check before you travel: new temporary timetables introduced to keep people moving

  • Passengers asked to check before they travel as train operators change to reduced timetables temporarily  
  • Train companies are amending timetables to make the train service more resilient as staff are affected by the  Omicron variant and, as previously during the pandemic, to reflect lower demand from passengers as people work from home  
  • Temporary timetables deliver a more reliable service for passengers and better value for taxpayers by better matching service levels to the current number of passengers 
People at London Bridge station

Rail Delivery Group responds to government capping rail fare increase at RPI

Today the government announced that the annual rail fare increase has been capped in line with inflation. Fares will be tied to the Retail Price Index (RPI) for July 2021 – representing a 3.8% increase with the changes coming into force in March.

People wearing face coverings at Manchester Piccadilly station

Rail journeys fall to July levels following rise of Omicron variant

New figures show fewer people are travelling by train following the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Leeds railway station

Rail Delivery Group comment on the Integrated Rail Plan

Earlier today, the Department for Transport published the Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands.

Manchester Piccadilly railway station

Rail companies encourage jobseekers to take advantage of 50% off train travel

  • The rail industry is encouraging jobseekers across Britain to boost their job searches by applying for the free Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card
  • Take-up has dropped by over a third since the start of the pandemic
  • Over 62% of journeys using the card are taken in London and the South East – suggesting the rest of the country is missing out
  • With job vacancies hitting a record high of 1.17m, the jobs market is showing rapid signs of recovery, with employment on the rise and thousands of opportunities opening up across the country meaning millions more could benefit from rail savings
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Squeezing out the private sector in rail could lead to funding black hole and missed opportunities for innovation

  • Ahead of a market engagement exercise today and as government looks to repair public sector finances, transport operators are wary that blunting private sector input could see taxpayers footing ‘significantly more’ of the bill to fund the railway
  • While welcoming the set-up of GBR, operators warn against imposing a contractual straitjacket that could stifle innovation for passengers and slow down Britain’s recovery
  • Rail companies ask for the ability to flexibly respond to the needs of passengers and have greater freedom to encourage people back to train travel