Thursday 26 January 2017 / 10:43 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

There’s no need for the Government to prolong the suffering of Southern passengers any longer – Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to reports that the
Government is considering taking direct control of Govia Thameslink, said:

“Reports
suggest that the Government is finally recognising what Labour has been saying
for over a year: that Southern is failing passengers and taxpayers and should
be stripped of their franchise.

"It is wrong that passenger fares and taxpayer subsidy that should be used
to improve services and hold down prices are siphoned off to fill the coffers
of train operating companies who are providing a disgraceful service.

"There’s no need for the Government to prolong the suffering of Southern
passengers any longer. Private rail isn’t working: it’s time for the Tories to
admit defeat and take Southern back under public control as a public service.”