Labour’s plan for a better railway

Labour’s plan for a better railway


Happy New Year, but for many rail commuters
they’ll be facing a financial headache from yet another increase in fares. This time, average ticket prices have gone
up by an inflation-busting 2.3%. But we also pay private train companies billions of
pounds of your money in subsidies to run the service. Many of these train operators then use it to top up
their profits and pay out dividends to their shareholders. Privatised rail franchises have become a licence to
print money – your money. You only have to look at Southern Trains to see how
privatisation doesn’t work. Cancelled trains, strikes over safety concerns and
commuters getting stressed all because Southern can’t do their job. It doesn’t make sense. That’s why we’re going to give
you a greater say in how they’re run and a better deal on your fares. We’ve pledged to take the trains back into
public ownership when the franchises lapse, so we don’t have to pay the private companies
a penny in compensation. And before then we will watch them like hawks so they
deliver for passengers, not just shareholders. Public train ownership works. When the East Coast franchise was handed back by its private operator, the Labour Government stepped in and took it into
public ownership. East Coast Trains improved reliability, increased passenger satisfaction and
delivered a billion pounds of profit back to the taxpayer. So join us as we campaign against the rail fare rises and to create a publicly owned and publicly accountable rail system to be proud of. We pay for it. So let’s own it
and run it, together.

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