Doncaster MPS call for rail system to be put back in public hands

Doncaster MPs have joined together in a day of action to call for the rail network to be placed back in public hands.

Monday, 10th September 2018, 2:37 pm
Updated Monday, 10th September 2018, 2:41 pm
Doncaster MPs Rosie Winteron and Caroline Flint join Wentworth MP John Healy and Labour members at Doncaster station.

Doncaster MPs Rosie Winterton and Caroline Flint were joined by Wentworth MP John Healy to meet passengers to promote Labour's promise to end the rail chaos faced by passengers in recent months. Dame Rosie said: 'Rail services have been chaotic in recent months, but this is not a one off.  Just last month, the East Coast Mainline was taken back under Government control because the private companies that ran the franchise failed, the third time in a decade that the service has failed in private hands. 'We are determined to achieve a fairer deal for passengers and a more consistent and improved service across the country. And we will restore fairer peak time fares, saving the typical commuter £500 across the parliament.' Caroline Flint, a co-chair of the Northern Powerhouse All Party Group that has campaigned for Northern Powerhouse Rail, added: 'We have a simple message for the paying passengers: the only period the East Coast line has been a success was 2009 to 2015 when it was run under public ownership.  'Over £1billion was returned to the Treasury and it was the best performing operator on the entire rail network. 

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