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Railways for the public, not for private public

Labour will reform the rail system, to put passengers’ interests rather than profit at its heart, Guildford Labour Party members told commuters at the town's railway station on 2nd January.

The contrast with the current approach could not be clearer as the cost of a season ticket from the town to London increased to a staggering £3620 per year, as fares nationally increased by 3.4% despite wages.

The Labour Party will introduce a Public Ownership of the Railways Bill, to bring our railways back into public ownership, as franchises expire, or in other cases with franchise reviews of break clauses.

In public ownership, we will deliver real improvements for passengers by capping fares, introducing free Wi-Fi across networks, ensuring safe staffing levels, ending the expansion of driver only operations, and introducing legal duties to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.


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