Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott Cato, has said that the decision by the UK to withdraw from the Interrail scheme and deny young people the opportunity to visit the South West will have a damaging effect on tourism. The scheme, which has been operational for 50 years, allows ticket holders to explore the continent by train with one ticket for a specific length of time. But from 1st January 2020, the pass will no longer cover trains in the UK.
Molly Scott Cato said:
“The decision by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to pull out of the scheme will have the most impact on European travellers to the UK, since it will no longer allow travel beyond London on UK trains. This will have a detrimental impact on tourism in the South West and deprive European tourists of a low-carbon travel option. It will also mean that young Europeans will learn less about their British neighbours.
“This decision has more to do with the disastrous and shambolic privatisation of our railways than it does with Brexit. But it is concerning that there seems to have been no effort by the government to keep Interrail running in the UK. This suggests that they are happy to see Brexit Britain become an isolated island cast adrift from Europe where young people are denied life enriching opportunities.”