Save Eurail/Interrail in Britain, stand up for green travel

Save Eurail/Interrail in Britain, stand up for green travel

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Olaf Stando started this petition to Rail Delivery Group and

Britain is pulling out of the international rail pass scheme - let's send a strong message and block this damaging decision!

Interrail/Eurail is a rail pass scheme that allows unlimited rail travel in (and between) all 31 participating countries for a specified period of time, for a specific fixed fee - with a generous discount for under-27s. Britain has participated since 1973, allowing 100,000s of people to benefit. 

On 7 August, British train operators announced that they will no longer participate in Interrail/Eurail, shutting Britain out of the scheme from 1 January 2020. Brits will still be able to buy passes to use in 30 countries, but people from other countries will not be able to use Interrail/Eurail in Britain.

This decision will be damaging in many ways - not least for Britain's tourism industry, the environment, young people, and freedom of mobility.

1) It will discourage tourists from coming to the UK, impacting the hospitality industry and potentially risking jobs.

2) At a time of the climate emergency, it will also mean more people will travel in and out of the UK by air and road - contributing to a rise in emissions.

3) It limits mobility into Europe, making Britain appear more insular and remote for visitors, especially at the time of Brexit. 

Rail operators should be opening up access and promoting rail travel, rather than limiting opportunities. The privatised rail network in Britain appears to be profiteering and encouraging people to buy more expensive, less flexible 'point-to-point' tickets instead. 

The Man In Seat 61, a leading travel blogger, said: "It's as if they see the grass-roots 'flight shame' movement towards rail, and instead of welcoming it, deliberately go out of their way to stop it."

This petition aims to send a strong, unequivocal message: let's save Interrail/Eurail, force Britain's train operators to stop pulling up the drawbridge, and stand up for green travel

Please help reverse this decision by signing my petition, calling on the Rail Delivery Group and the Department for Transport to intervene, reconsider, and keep Britain in the Interrail/Eurail scheme. 

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