Andy McDonald comments on latest Transport Select Committee report
Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the Transport Select Committee report into the latest collapse of the East Coast franchise, said:
“The Committee’s report highlights the Department for Transport’s failure to properly check the franchise bid on East Coast by Virgin and Stagecoach.
“This schoolboy error has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds. What’s more, the government still has no plan for what to do with the East Coast franchise or the rail industry more widely.
“By contrast, Labour’s model of public ownership can deliver the stability and reliability the railway so desperately needs.”