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Corbyn is right on rail renationalisation


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is right to call for rail nationalisation says Pat Harrington, general secretary of Solidarity. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for renationalisation as commuters received the annual unwanted Christmas present of higher train fares.

The average ticket price rose by 1.1 per cent — but official watchdog Transport Focus chief Anthony Smith said commuters travelling on “dire” services would be “amazed there are any fare rises at all.”

One in every 10 trains arrived at least five minutes late in 2015.

The government has also been criticised for linking fare rises to the retail price index which is higher than the consumer price index (CPI). The inflation measure that the government tends to use when it has to spend money, for example on pensions is, of course, the lower CPI (just one of the ways they swindle us!).

Mr Corbyn said: “It’s a scandal that fares are being increased every year to subsidise the profits of private companies and other countries’ railway systems.

“The next Labour government will bring rail franchises into public ownership as soon as possible to create a properly integrated railway system with affordable fares — in the interests of both passengers and taxpayers.”

RMT general secretary Mick Cash gave his support saying: “Passengers are left paying through the nose to travel on unreliable and overcrowded services.

“Meanwhile, vast profits are being bled from our railways with huge amounts siphoned off by European state rail companies to subsidise their own domestic rail operations.”

Pat Harrington, general secretary of Solidarity, said: "Jeremy Corbyn has our support on this and should have the backing of everyone who puts the interests of the British people above private profit. We may disagree with Mr Corbyn on other issues but on this we are as one. Bring back British Rail!"

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