Shadow Cabinet minister Barry Gardiner joins Labour’s Laura McAlpine in campaign against rail increases

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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3 Responses to "Shadow Cabinet minister Barry Gardiner joins Labour’s Laura McAlpine in campaign against rail increases"

  1. MickyB77   January 5, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I see that they fail to mention the £100,000 a year that the rail staff are earning, not all of them admittedly.
    Let’s blame the Tories that’s easier.

  2. jhumphreys84   January 7, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    She’s at it again isn’t she. Firstly the 76% want public ownership…actually the results from the YouGov poll shows that number at 52% and a number want to maintain standards but even that added together doesn’t = 76% and that’s from 2015. Here’s the poll – https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2015/03/12/nationalisation-ideology-beats-pragmatism. Secondly, where is the money from price rises going – to train staff whose union has protected above inflation pay rises and funding the lack of investment in infrastructure from the last time the railways were under public ownership. Again in her “story” here what exactly is she going to do to keep up the level of investment in the railways or improve them? Or is this just another aren’t the Tories doing a bad job, but i haven’t got any real suggestions of how to do it better? Where would all this public money come from? What would happen if profits were made, would they go back into the railways or just be under spent and go back to treasury never to be found again to pay for all this borrowing?

  3. Pytr Kropotkin   January 16, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Why quote a 2015 YouGov poll when a 2017 YouGov poll is freely available? Seems like a blatant attempt to misrepresent facts to suit you argument.
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    1) YouGov poll in 2017 shows just 25% support for a privatised rail system. (Support for a nationalised system being 240% higher than for a private system.) https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2017/05/19/nationalisation-vs-privatisation-public-view

    2) Since rail privatisation in 1995 up to 2015, all tickets (regulated and unregulated) have increased by an average of 117 per cent, or by 24 per cent in real terms.Britain has Europe’s highest commuter fares for both day returns and season tickets. Harlow-Liverpool St is the highest cost per mile journey in Europe.

    3) The lion’s share of the £3,500,000,000 creamed of in private profits over the last decade pays fatcat wages and dividends to shareholders.

    4) The total cost of operating the rail network for train operators franchised by Department for Transport (DfT) in the financial year ending 2015 was £10.5 billion, which is £0.2 billion higher than last year.

    5) Huge amounts of public money? To purchase franchises as they expire? This simply shows the most basic ignorance of how treasury accounting works. Taking networks into public ownership in this way is cost neutral. In fact when forced to do so (when East Coast Mainline surrendered their franchise – more than once), the state ran the network at a profit.

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