Wednesday 16 May 2018 / 1:06 PM Andy McDonald / Transport

Privatised rail is broken beyond repair but ignore the Tory spin, this is not nationalisation – Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the East Coast Rail announcement from the Government, said:

“Ignore the Tory spin, this is not nationalisation. Privatised rail is broken beyond repair yet the Tories are still handing these services back to the private sector because they are wedded to a broken free market ideology.

“Private operators have failed three times in under a decade on the East Coast route, the last time resulting in a £2billion taxpayer bailout.

“The East Coast partnership announced is a smokescreen from a government which has run out of ideas on rail. Rather than continue to reward private sector failure, the next Labour government will take our railways back into public ownership.”