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Rail Delivery Group comment on behalf of train operators about rail reforms announced by government
Rail industry response to push from Campaign for Better Transport to encourage government to back public transport as we begin to emerge from the health crisis.
Rail companies want to work with the government to make fares easier for passengers, further boosting connectivity.
National Rail to help passengers make more informed decisions when travelling thanks to latest technology
- From today National Rail passengers returning to the train over coming months can feel even more in control of their journey, thanks to the launch of a new last mile feature on National Rail’s Alert Me by Messenger
- As part of the railway’s Safer Travel Pledge, Alert Me by Messenger has been providing passengers with alternative routes since June 2020 to help them maintain social distancing if their journey is predicted to be busy, or if there is a disruption.
- You can sign up for travel alerts by searching for ‘National Rail’ on Facebook, in Messenger or by clicking the ‘Keep Me Updated’ button on the National Rail website. The Alert Me by Messenger service will also be made available via Whatsapp this spring.
- This technology is being rolled out across the rail industry.
- As Britain faces unprecedented economic and environmental challenges, new independent research shows the value of rail freight in levelling up the nation’s economy and supporting a green recovery from Covid.
- The total economic and social benefits of rail freight are valued at £2.5bn annually with the areas benefiting most including Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales
- Rail freight is cutting Britain’s carbon footprint by preventing 7million HGV journeys per year
- A new framework shows that the value of a rail freight path can be worth up to £1.5 million each year
- Containerised goods, which include groceries, components and electronics, is the largest category of freight, with rail offering a more reliable and greener transport alternative to an increasing number of businesses.
- Rail freight moves vast quantities of aggregates and cements from quarries into cities and other conurbations playing a vital role in supporting Britain to build back better
- Rail companies have today pledged to make stations across Britain more sustainable.
- Action to reduce waste, support local wildlife and cut the carbon footprint of railway stations will be informed by the industry’s new Sustainable Stations Guide launched today.
- The 2,563 railway stations across Britain cover an area around the size of Central London and 85% of people in the UK live within 5km of a station.
- With rail accounting for just 1.4% of transport emissions despite representing 10% of all journeys, rail companies want to go further, faster, to get the UK on track to meet its net-zero commitment.
A Campaign for Better Transport survey has revealed that cars will continue to be the preferred mode of transport for around half of journeys post-Covid. It also found that two thirds (65%) of UK adults in employment were working entirely from their place of work before the pandemic, whereas just half (53%) plan to do so when restrictions begin to ease.
Guidance from rail companies and a statement of condolence following the death of HRH Duke of Edinburgh