CBT calls for 20 per cent fares cuts

CBT calls for 20 per cent fares cuts 20 per cent fare cut would bring 13 per cent passenger rise.
HIGH fares are pricing people off public transport, according to research by the Campaign for Better Transport, formerly Transport 2000. CBT says that if fares were reduced by 20 per cent, a level more in line with the European average, bus travel would increase by 13 per cent and rail travel by 17 per cent by 2015.

Cat Hobbs, public transport campaigner at CBT, says: “Train and bus fares keep rising while the overall cost of motoring and the cost of flying keep falling. People want to use public transport, but the government has to provide financial incentives for making the right choice.”

Simon Ellis, head of economics at Steer Davies Gleave, which carried out the research for CBT, says: “The price of each kind of transport needs to reflect its impact on climate change if the government is to encourage people to choose lower carbon modes.”