Labour is on the side of rail passengers.
From January 2020, rail fares will have risen by 40% under Conservatives since 2010, more than two and a half times the rate of median wages. At the same time, overcrowding on trains has increased and reliability has declined. Performance reached a nadir in May 2018 with the timetabling crisis on the Thameslink routes which are so important to commuters, and other residents and businesses in Mid Bedfordshire.
Trains are delayed and cancelled almost daily. Often local stations such as Flitwick, Harlington and Arlesey are by-passed at a whim so that the train operator meets its targets and for the operator’s convenience whilst causing great inconvenience to fare paying passengers.
This must change. Labour is proposing real change for the rail system.
Labour will restore and invest in an integrated railway under public ownership, run in the interest of passengers not private profit, with simple and fares and ticketing.
Labour will cut all regulated rail fares by 33%. For a regular commuter from Flitwick to London St Pancras this will mean a cut of over £1,400 every year.
Labours’ plan for free rail travel for under 16s will reduce generational inequality, encourage lifelong use of public transport, increase educational and leisure opportunities and make domestic holidays more affordable for families.
Labour’s plan has been fully costed. A proportion of the Vehicle Excise Duty will be allocated to cover the cost with no need to increase the Duty.
Rhiannon Meades, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Bedfordshire said
“Labour’s rail policy is fantastic. It will reduce fares and lead to additional train capacity and improve services. Investing in our railways will be good for local businesses including tourism, reduce road congestion and slash climate change emissions and local air pollution.
Instead of further fare increases and poorer services under the Conservatives we can have a modern rail service matching the best European standards and much lower fares with a Labour government”