Wednesday 19 May 2021 / 10:33 PM Jim McMahon

McMahon responds to the Government’s review of Britain’s railways

Jim McMahon MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the Government’s review of Britain’s railways, said:


“Nearly three years after it was commissioned, this report raises more questions than it answers. With fare hikes, £1 billion cuts to Network Rail and broken promises to communities across the country, it’s yet another example of ministers talking a good game, with very little substance underneath.


“A lack of proper detail on flexible tickets and whether it will make travel cheaper for the average commuter renders it meaningless for millions and completely fails to meet the scale of challenge required to encourage people back onto the rail network post-pandemic.


“When long term sustainable funding is promised, it must be delivered on. Labour has long argued that public ownership of the rail network will provide better value for the taxpayer and for passengers, who deserve more than rhetoric from this Government.”