Friday 15 November 2019 / 8:26 AM Andy McDonald

Beeching cuts – Andy McDonald responds

Andy McDonald, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the Tories’ Beeching cuts claims, said:

“This isn’t new, the Conservatives announced it two years ago to try to distract from the collapse of the East Coast franchise which ultimately cost taxpayers £2 billion. Unsurprisingly not one of the Beeching cuts has been restored.

“The Tories have broken their promises on rail time and again – in 2015 they promised electrification projects that were put on hold just months after the general election, and then ditched.

“Labour will run the railway in the interest of passengers not private profit, by bringing it into public ownership and providing the proper investment in transport that will put our country back on track.”