British train fares 'too expensive'

25 February 2009 06:13

British train fares 'too expensive'

Reduced train fares could encourage more holidaymakers to switch from air travel, it has been claimed.

This is something which could be beneficial to the environment and might also help to limit the number of travel insurance claims made in response to delayed and cancelled flights.

According to the Campaign for Better Transport however, it will take a concerted effort on the part of rail passengers to "push" the government into action.

Cat Hobbs, a public transport campaigner at the group, claimed that flying has eight times the impact of taking the train on the environment.

She said: "It is really time for the government to give people an incentive to choose a low carbon option."

Last year, research by Passenger Focus indicated that the price of train journeys into London is higher than equivalent journeys in most other European countries.

Meanwhile, the 2008 National Passenger Survey revealed that just 46 per cent of travellers taking a train ride in Autumn 2007 were satisfied with the price of their ticket.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19039433-ADNFCR

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