Tuesday 28 January 2020 / 7:10 AM Rail

“Meaningless” – Andy McDonald responds to Grant Shapps’ rail announcement

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to Grant Shapps’ rail announcement, said:

“The funding pledged by the government would reopen just 25 miles of railway.

“The Conservatives claim to have been reversing Beeching cuts since 2017 despite not reopening an inch of track.

“Investing in the railway is a fantastic policy but this is meaningless without a serious funding commitment of billions of pounds.

“The timing of this announcement is also suspicious and seems designed to distract from the imminent collapse of the Northern rail franchise.”