Rail protest founders due to bro­ken train

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions - Gwyn Topham

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.

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