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"Most of the people want a state run railway"

"Most of the people want a state run railway"

Published by KLFM
1:17pm 14th August 2019. (Updated at 4:18pm 14th August 2019)

Rail users are facing another hike on season ticket prices from January.

It could see passengers pay an extra £100 pounds per year.

Regulated fares can go up by a maximum of 2.8 percent.

The cap is linked to July's Retail Prices Index measure of inflation.

king's lynn train station


Jo Rust, the Secretary of the King's Lynn and District Trades Council, and other campaigners have been outside King's Lynn train station this morning.

She said that although we're paying more, we don't see an improved service:

"We know that this happens every August and then every January poor commuters and rail travellers find themselves paying more for their rail journey but they don't see an improved service, and what these rail fare increases do is take money out of the pocket of local people and takes money out of the pocket of our local economy at a time when it's already struggling.

"We believe that it would be better value if our rail service was brought back to be state run, franchise by franchise. So every time a contract comes up, the government steps in, puts in a bid for it and takes it over. 

Jo Rust and campaigners outside King's Lynn Train Station


"We've seen it work successfully before. East Coast Rail was run by the government and it returned a billion pounds in profit to it. Today it's been announced that West Coast Rail is being taken over by First National and Rail Italia, so if we can let an Italian state rail company take over, why can't we do ourselves? And we should be doing that.

She added that the response from commuters today has been overwhelmingly positive:

"Most of the people want a state run railway. 

"Those that don't hark back to the days of British Rail saying they don't want those days back again, but it would never be an intention to take over a service and run it even worse, the intention would be to have a well run state run railway. 

"It makes perfect sense. It would save the government money, it would save commuters money and we would have an enhanced service."

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