Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to today’s announcement on rail investment, said:
“Passengers will be bitterly disappointed that the government is implementing massive increases in rail fares now but delaying the delivery of new trains to ease overcrowding and electrification to speed up journeys. The benefits of much of today’s package are nearly 10 years away for many commuters.
“There is still no news on the delivery of replacements to our outdated intercity fleet or electrification of the Midland Main Line and Great Western Mail Line beyond Bristol into Wales. The reality is that behind all the spin and re-announcing of projects previously agreed by Labour, the government has ducked the big decisions needed to provide the country with the world class transport system it needs and passengers deserve.”