News Archives - Rail travel

Bicycle barometer for fair-weather cyclists

At this time of the year, having a choice of transport can be the enemy of the cycle commuter. It’s understandable why the sight of frost can have you reaching for the car keys or bus pass, but the decision to leave the bike at home is always uncomfortable to make. The bicycle barometer promises to do it on your…

A cleaner, safer transport future

Every time you buy cycle insurance, home insurance, breakdown cover or mobility scooter insurance from us, you help support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future. Projects range from nationwide awareness-raising events such as Green Transport Week to viral online campaigns and the production of documentary films. Despite a pause in activity…

Level playing field for rail travel urgently needed

You may already know that airlines pay no tax on jet fuel and fuel duty for cars has remained unchanged since 2011, incentivising people against changing environmentally damaging travel habits. What you may not know is that at a time when we are rolling out more electric and electro-diesel ‘bi-mode’ trains, the levies that train companies pay on electricity have…

Austria tackles air pollution with 90p travel card

German cities are seeking to reduce car dependency and deadly air pollution by slashing public transport fares. The cost of an annual travel pass in Vienna has already been reduced to 365 euros – the equivalent of 90 pence per day – and now German cities want to follow suit. The mayors of Bonn, Essen, Herrenberg, Mannheim and Reutlingen have pledged…

Have your say on the future of Britain’s railway

Rail is fundamental to the country’s prosperity. After all, our railway is vital in connecting workers to jobs, businesses to markets, and people to their families and friends. However, layers of regulation built up over 25 years mean there are now over 55 million rail fare options, resulting in understandable confusion for customers. According to the Rail Delivery Group (RDG),…