Transport charity Campaign for Better Transport is calling on the government to abolish the Friday peak rail fares to encourage people to go green and travel by train.
Instead of relying on 2040 road-based targets, the government should make rail as a key component of its decarbonisation plan, discounting seasonal tickets and freezing rail fares for 2022, Campaign for Better Transport argued.
“Why wait until 2040 to reduce emissions from transport, when there are actions we can implement now?” said Paul Tuohy, the charity’s chief executive. “Driving less and taking the train more will have an immediate beneficial impact on carbon emissions, as well as reducing congestion and air pollution.
“The government must do more to provide the right financial incentives. By reducing rail fares the government can immediately remove one of the key barriers to rail travel, the cost.”