Jim McMahon – 2020 Comments on Rail Price Rises

Comments made by Jim McMahon, the Shadow Transport Secretary, on 19 August 2020.

Decisions taken by Government Ministers are making rail travel unaffordable and discouraging people back on to the network which will be vital for getting the rail sector on a stable footing.

The truth is that our fragmented, privatised railway drives up costs and leaves passengers paying more for less.

Labour has long argued that public ownership of the rail network will provide better value for the taxpayer and for passengers, the Government must stop paying the profit of the private rail companies and bring the network in-house.