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Labour White Paper proposes GB Rail: a single publicly owned railway company

Labour’s vision is for a railway that enables everyone to travel easily and affordably right across Britain, as part of a completely accessible and sustainable transport system, fully connected with buses, trams and other public transport: a railway fit to tackle the Climate Emergency

01 April 2020

 

Andy McDonald MP Shadow Secretary of State for Transport has published a Shadow Rail White Paper that ‘contains the detailed structural changes we believe the railway needs to make in order to come together as a coherent system once again. It also sets out a bold agenda for addressing fares reform and ensuring a strong passenger and employee voice in the direction of the railway’.

Labour proposes a structure for Britain’s railway that can achieve Britain-wide integration within a single publicly owned railway company, ‘GB Rail’, whilst enabling Devolved Transport Authorities (DTAs) to control both expenditure and governance of the GB Rail operations within their areas. 

He adds: ‘Labour’s vision is for a railway that enables everyone to travel easily and affordably right across Britain, as part of a completely accessible and sustainable transport system, fully connected with buses, trams and other public transport: a railway fit to tackle the Climate Emergency.

Labour proposes a structure for Britain’s railway that can achieve Britain-wide integration within a single publicly owned railway company, ‘GB Rail’, whilst enabling Devolved Transport Authorities (DTAs) to control both expenditure and governance of the GB Rail operations within their areas. 

The rail structure described in The White Paper has, it is stated, ‘been informed by a round of private discussions spanning rail users (both passengers and freight), rail industry managers, front line railway operational staff including rail unions, other experts with rail expertise in specialist areas, and devolved transport authorities. We thank all those who have generously contributed their time, expertise and experience to the discussion of how best to achieve Labour’s aims for the railway’

Read further discussion on the rail debate in The Tribune.  

 
 
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