Under-investment in our rail is leading to chaos and cost to commuters. We were told by the Tories 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.
Cllr Stephen Morgan, Labour’s candidate for Portsmouth South, said:
“We are not just talking about financial costs, many commuters in Portsmouth are spending less time with their families because of the failure of our railways.
As a regular train user myself I know the pain and misery caused to the lives of ordinary people by under-investment in our rail”.
Labour has a plan in place to help improve and invest in the nation’s rail, with further announcements expected in this week’s manifesto launch.
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.
“Our proposals are sensible and have wide public support. It’s time to put people before profit and put passengers first by bringing rail back into public ownership.
Labour isn’t talking about turning the clocks back, we want a new deal for the railways which delivers a world class rail service”.