Labour at­tacks Tories over “dis­re­gard for the North”

Rail (UK) - - Network News - An­drew Ro­den Con­tribut­ing Writer rail@bauer­me­ @AndyRo­den1

LABOUR has at­tacked the Govern­ment over its record on the rail­ways, claim­ing that the num­ber of can­celled or sig­nif­i­cantly late trains has in­creased by 50% since 2010.

The party pro­duced its anal­y­sis on Septem­ber 3, when leader Jeremy Cor­byn trav­elled across the pro­posed route of the ‘Cross­rail for the North’ project.

Draw­ing from pre­vi­ously re­leased of­fi­cial statis­tics, Labour also said that punc­tu­al­ity (based on the Pub­lic Per­for­mance Mea­sure, PPM) has fallen from 91.5% of trains ar­riv­ing on time in 2010 to 87.8% now, and that the pro­por­tion of pas­sen­gers who be­lieve the punc­tu­al­ity of their train ser­vices was sat­is­fac­tory or good has fallen from 82% in 2010 to 72% in 2018.

Labour also an­a­lysed lev­els of over­crowd­ing, pre­dict­ing that the top ten most over­crowded trains would have load fac­tors of 207.9% by 2022.

How­ever, this fig­ure takes the av­er­age growth in load­ings (claimed to be 4.04%) per year and projects it for­ward to 2022, and does not take into ac­count the slow­ing de­mand in some ar­eas such as Lon­don and the South East.

Cor­byn promised a Labour govern­ment would bring Bri­tain’s rail­ways into pub­lic own­er­ship “so they are run in the in­ter­ests of pas­sen­gers, not pri­vate profit”.

Speak­ing of his visit to the North, Cor­byn 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.”

The Con­ser­va­tive Party had not re­sponded to Labour’s claims as this is­sue of RAIL went to press.

Cor­byn: “Peo­ple’s lives are be­ing badly af­fected by this chaos.”

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