West London MPs hail Labour’s plan to renationalise rail

Image above: Library image of a London train

Ruth Cadbury and Rupa Huq celebrate Labour’s key election promise

The two MPs in whose constituencies Chiswick falls have gleefully posted on social media their support of Labour’s announcement that it will renationalise the railways if they win the next  General Election.

Ruth Cadbury, MO for Brentford & Isleworth, posted:

“Across the country we’ve had to put up with poor rail services for far too long. Today @LouHaigh set out Labour’s plan to reverse this decline & deliver Great British Railways.

Under Labour Britain’s railways will be

Passenger focused

Publicly owned

Fit for the future”

Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton,  wrote:

“Exciting bold, visionary pledge from @UKLabour to nationalise our railways within 5 years.

I’ve been arguing for this with others like @SamTarry for at least 10 years.”

Sam Tarry is the Labour MP for Ilford South and is a member of the Select Committee for Transport. Rupa was referring to her appearance on BBC News in 2014 when she spoke about Labour’s plans under Ed Miliband to cap prices on trains and declassify trains in order to make them “accessible for all.”

Labour plan for renationalising rail within five years

Louise Haigh, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport announced the plans yesterday (Thursday 26 April). They hope the plan will offer passengers the “cheapest fares.”

Speaking about the plans Louse Haigh said: “Labour’s plan means delivering a publicly owned railway within five years, putting passengers first, and bringing down costs for taxpayers.”

She went on to say: “Our railways have become a national symbol of decline, of a country that no longer works and a Government with no plan to fix it.”

Labour say a new public body would inherit existing contracts when they expire, taking on responsibility for running services. They also plan to introduce automatic refunds for train delays and better internet connection on trains. The new public body would be called the Great British Railways (GBR).

Responsibility for running train services has been the job of private companies since the 1990s.

RMT back Labour announcement

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) support the initiative. Their General Secretary, Mick Lynch said:

“Labour’s commitment to bring the train operating companies into a new unified and publicly owned rail network is in the best interests of railway workers, passengers and the taxpayer.

“We strongly welcome these bold steps to fix 14 years of Tory mismanagement of our privatised railways and Labour’s promise to complete a transition to public ownership within its first term in office.

“For too long private companies have made millions in profit from taxpayer subsidies and in return provided appalling levels of service.

“This announcement however should be a first step to completely integrating all of our railway into public ownership.

“It is time for a railway fit for the 21st century that serves the public, not the privateers and shareholders.”

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