Wednesday 7 July 2021 / 12:01 AM Jim McMahon / Transport

Labour response to PAC report on railways

Jim McMahon MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to a report from the Public Account Committee on railways, said:

“The incompetence we’ve seen from this Government in running the railways is astonishing, with the financial burden of the pandemic forced onto taxpayers while the profits of private operators were shored up. 

“In just the last week, the so-called money-saving flexible ticket scheme lauded by ministers to encourage people back onto the network has been found to cost up to 150 per cent a day more than a standard annual season ticket. It’s yet another missed opportunity to make things work better for passengers.

“Labour is clear that bringing the rail network into public ownership is the best way to deliver value for money and meet environmental targets.”