Rail protest founders due to broken train
One of the most prominent figures in rail protests across the UK was unable to reach rallies in the north of England last week – because he was stuck on a broken train. The shadow transport secretary, Andy McDonald, started the day by denouncing the privatised rail system outside King’s Cross station in London, before taking a train to t Stevenage to meet other protesters. p How However, his onward train to Leeds, where he was due to join more c campaigners and give a string of broadcast interviews to hig highlight the 3.4% increase in rail rai fares, broke down soon after leaving the Hertfordshire town town. C Contacted by the Guardian, McD McDonald confirmed he was still stuck aboard the Virgin Tra Trains East Coast service bet between Stevenage and Grantha tham. “It’s all been cancelled, we’ve been here for getting on an hour and a half,” he said.
While his Labour counterpart was stuck on the day of the biggest fare increase in five years, transport secretary Chris Grayling was on a trade visit to Qatar.