The Conservatives are failing rail passengers
Since the Tories came to power rail fares have rocketed by 27% – that’s a rise three times faster than the growth in wages. Some season tickets are up by over 40%.
Under-investment is leading to chaos and cost to commuters. We were told that higher fares would fund investment, but vital projects to improve reliability have been delayed for years. Passengers are paying even more to travel on increasingly overcrowded and unreliable trains.
Labour will put passengers first
The Tories can’t admit it, but rail privatisation has been a failure. Every year, millions of pounds which could go on improvements is handed to shareholders. Rigid contracts make it harder to deal with overcrowding.
Labour will put passengers first, bringing rail into public ownership. Routes will naturally return to public ownership as private contracts expire, meaning profits can be re-invested to improve services & hold fares down.