'Labour has proved it can run railways and we should have pride and do it', says shadow transport secretary

'Labour has proved it can run railways and we should have pride and do it', says shadow transport secretary

Andy McDonald is confident Labour can run the railway

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The shadow transport secretary has claimed Labour has proved it can run railways and we should have pride in ourselves by doing so.

Average rail ticket prices have risen by 3.4%, causing protests at stations across the country. Labour MP Andy McDonald attempted to get to one of the protests, however missed it as he was stuck in train delays himself.

The shadow transport secretary told Sam Delaney that if Labour were in power "when [rail company] contracts expired we’d take them over."

He claimed there is proof it would work as "we showed what we could do in 2009 to 2014 when, for the second time East Coast Mainline collapsed, that company came back onto the books [and] it was run at a profit.

"The service was regarded as one of the best in the country investment in staff was excellent."

He believes re-nationalisation is "not a radical move - if you look across at other countries and how they run their systems." But he added "we're not talking about going back to a British Rail structure at all."

McDonald also said "we should have pride in ourselves" and "why can’t we, in our country, run our own railways and be proud of it."

He also claims "a lot of [money from rail fares] just leaves our shores" and "it’s ridiculous paying these chief executives...multi-million salaries, leaching out of our system year on year.

"It's about time we took control."

Listen to the full interview above