Mary Glindon backs Michael Dughers promise of more public control of railways
Mary Glindon has backed Michael Dughers comments on the british railway system.
"Michael Dugher is right to say that the "franchising system that currently operates our railways should be put in the bin" because it has been a complete disater"
" I am delighted the Labour party is committing to having railways in public hands again, Eastcoast coming back into public hands has shown there is a clear need for the railways in this country to be in public hands. Eastcoast in public hands turns a profit which is something the last two private operators couldn't do and puts back into government coffers where as privatley operated rail companies take money away from the government in subsidys in order to run."
Michael Dugher Labours shadow Transport secretary said:
"I’m adamant about putting the whole franchising system, as it stands today, in the bin…The public sector will be running sections of our rail network as soon as we can do that”.
“It’s not going back to a 70s, 80s model of British Rail but I think you can do far more to make some really big changes and that’s why I’m talking about a public sector operator, really, really important.”
“I’m going to be honest and proud about this: I want there to be more public control of the railways and we should just say it because, actually, that’s what the public think as well. We’ve talked about how the only people who have no voice at the moment in the running of the railways are the travelling public, the passengers themselves.
“What you have at the moment is something that’s rather ironically named the Rail Delivery Group, which is basically Network Rail and the private companies, the TOCs (Train Operation Companies) and the freight and they get together and they stitch-up the running of the railways and they do it with our money. Network Rail’s on our books, there’s huge taxpayer subsidies and investment going into the railways, but the industry want to stitch it up themselves and we’re not having that anymore.”
“This is not like 1997, that whole deference to markets and the private sector, that’s gone too.”