LABOUR’S Parliamentary Candidate: Laura McAlpine welcomed a visit from Labour MP and Shadow Minister for International Trade, Barry Gardiner to campaign against the recent Tory rise in rail fares.
Together they spoke to concerned commuters, frustrated at yet another hike in train fares.
Laura McAlpine said: “On average, fares have increased by 36% since Tories gained power in 2010. We need to take our railways back into public ownership.
“Many of our train companies are publicly owned, but by other European countries, who make millions of pounds a year in dividends from their British operations.
“Harlow to Liverpool St is one of the most expensive journeys travelled per mile in the whole of Europe.
“Harlow’s service, Abellio Greater Anglia is owned by Nederlandse Spoorwegen “Dutch Railways” – a publicly owned company with huge profits that go directly back to the Dutch. Great for the Dutch taxpayer, but very bad for Harlow’s commuters.”
Barry Gardiner added: “Such a receptive group of commuters at Harlow, as Laura and I exposed the Tory Fares Rip Off. 3.1% today 36% since the Tories came to power. Labour’s promise to take railways back into public control is going down really well in Harlow.”
76% of the public now want the railways to be in public ownership. A minimum estimate is that £1 billion flows out of the railway every year into the pockets of shareholders.
A Harlow commuter they spoke to: Mr Curtis said: “This is getting beyond a joke. I never get a seat, the trains are packed and the prices keep going up. Something needs to be done. It’s people like me that are constantly being stung. I’d be up for nationalised trains if it meant lower ticket prices.”
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