On Monday 3rd September Jeremy Corbyn traveled the proposed route of Crossrail for the North, talking to passengers about their experiences on Britain’s creaking rail services and Labour’s plans for public ownership of rail and boosting infrastructure investment in the North. Labour has committed at least £10 billion to Crossrail for the North.
Labour also held its National Rail Campaign Day, with thousands of members from over 300 local parties talking to commuters at train stations across the country.
Ahead of the Campaign Day, Labour is released new analysis of rail services revealing that:
- The proportion of passenger trains across the country that were cancelled or significantly late has risen by 50% since 2010
- The proportion of passenger trains across the country arriving on time has fallen from 91.5% in 2010 to 87.8%
- Under the Tories, overcrowding has increased by over 25% on the top 10 most overcrowded peak time routes, which are now on average 187% in excess of capacity.
- The proportion of passengers that felt the punctuality and reliability of their train services was satisfactory or good has fallen from 82% in 2010 to 72% in 2018.
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP said:
“The rail chaos unleashed by the Tories on the North of England shows their utter disregard for people living in the towns and cities in the North.
“For decades northern communities have received only a fraction of the transport investment that is spent in London and the South East. Labour will put this right by building Crossrail for the North, connecting the great cities of the north of England to unlock huge untapped potential.
“People’s lives are being badly affected by this chaos and the government needs to recognise that rail privatisation has failed. Labour will end this rip-off and bring our railways into public ownership so they are run in the interests of passengers, not private profit.”
Commenting on the new analysis released by Labour, Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:
“The overcrowding, delays and cancellations on our railways is fast becoming a national disgrace thanks to the Tories. With fares up set to go up by 36% since 2010, it’s clear that passengers are paying more for less under the Tories.”
“Nobody should have to suffer being crammed into dangerously full carriages as part of their daily commute, but under the Tories passengers face this prospect, paying through the nose for the dubious privilege of being crammed into ever-fuller trains.
“The government’s blind obsession with privatisation is putting the future of the railway at risk. Labour will do what’s best for passengers and taxpayers by taking the railway back into public ownership in order to improve services and cap fares.”