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Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL3928, tabled on 10 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make rail travel more attractive.

Answered on

23 November 2021

The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, published May 2021, contains a number of passenger-focused reforms that will bring in improved services and encourage the use of rail. The Spending Review 2021 confirmed £5.7bn of funding over three years to support essential rail services, and will see Government investing £360m in modernising ticketing and retailing systems, delivering a major overhaul to the way in which rail travel is bought and paid for.

We are also working with the rail industry to develop a number of recovery initiatives, for example we have introduced new flexible season tickets across England this year to help encourage passengers to return to the railway.