SHADOW TRANSPORT MINISTER CONDEMNS LOCAL RAIL SERVICE
Huge fare rises and outdated trains on the Penistone Line have been condemned by a Shadow Minister after travelling by train from Sheffield to Honley.
Lillian Greenwood, Shadow Railway Minister, described the recent fare increases as “shocking”. The season ticket from Honley to Huddersfield has risen from £304 to £400 since the Coalition came to power in 2010, a massive 32% increase.
Colne Valley’s Labour candidate Jane East said, “This increase has come at a time when people’s wages have utterly stagnated. A Labour government would impose a strict cap on fare rises on all routes, and train companies will be legally obliged to offer passengers the cheapest fare.”
Ms Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South, criticised the outdated rolling stock used on Northern lines including the Penistone. She added, “If there were new trains every time the Tories announced that there would be new trains all over the North.
“Under the last Labour Government, there was a £9 billion investment in the railways and they also made a commitment to electrification.”
Ms East said that Colne Valley’s Tory MP, Jason McCartney, has been a member of the Commons Transport Select Committee whilst nothing has been done to replace ageing Pacer trains.
“It’s only in the last few months, after five years of inaction, that Ministers finally confirmed that the North is to get new trains under fresh franchises. What we need to remember here is that rail services should not be seen just as commercial enterprises, but as a public service.”