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Rail Franchising doesn’t need a review – it needs ending

The Conservative Government claims that it will be undertaking a major review of the whole railway network following months of rail misery for passenger’s right across Lancashire. With the chaos and cancellations continuing without any sign of an end.

As yet there is no clear substance, time scale or structure to the review or any form of public consultation regarding the future of rail.

Erica Lewis, Lancashire Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member of Highways and Transport, responding to reports that Theresa May is planning a review of UK rail franchising said:

“This year has been one of ongoing chaos for rail passengers in the Lancashire. We need urgent action, not a review that will likely not report until 2019. Kicking the problem down the tracks doesn’t help those of us who have our commutes disrupted, are forced to make alternate travels plans, or in the worst cases have lost jobs and opportunities because of chaos on our railways.”

“The last review in 2013 decided the franchise system was ‘not fundamentally flawed’ but how many times does it have to fail before the government acknowledges what passengers know – the system as it is doesn’t work.”

“Labour has a clear alternative plan – to return the railways to public ownership. Lancashire Labour continues to call for Transport for the North to be given the powers to cancel train franchises in the north immediately, and in the long term to manage train services in the north, so that trains in the north respond to local needs rather than Westminster convenience.”

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