Tuesday 24 January 2017 / 11:49 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

The results of this survey expose the failure of our privatised railways – Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald MP,
Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary
, commenting on the publication of
Transport Focus’ National Rail Passenger Survey, revealing significant declines
in passenger satisfaction for 2016, said:

“The results of this survey expose the failure of
our privatised railways.
With promised upgrades delayed or cancelled and fares rising way ahead of
wages, it’s disappointing but not surprising to see passenger satisfaction down
across the board for 2016.

“With
this decline in passenger satisfaction, it’s becoming more difficult for the Government
to justify allowing private and foreign state-owned companies to take money out
of the system that should be used to improve services or hold fares down.

“It’s
clear than an alternative is needed for Britain’s railways. It is time for our
railways to be run under public ownership, in the public interest as an
integrated national asset in public hands with affordable fares for all and
long-term investment in the railway network.”