Green Party calls for railways to be brought into public hands as fares rise

2 January 2018

Bradford Green Party is again calling for railways to be brought back into public ownership as train fares go up.

Northern Rail, which runs services across Bradford, announced the biggest hike in ticket prices of any UK operator, 4.7 per cent, compared to the average increase of 3.4 per cent. And figures revealed the average age of the company’s trains is 28 years.

Matt Edwards at Bingley Railway StationThe Green Party has launched a petition to bring the railways into public ownership and is asking residents from across Bradford District to write to their local MPs to ask what solutions they supports.

Matt Edwards, Campaign Coordinator in Bradford District, said:

“Commuters across our district are facing the biggest rail fare jump in five years, a staggering jump of 3.6 per cent, while wages stay stagnant. Rail fares have risen twice as much as pay in the last eight years.

“Just getting to work is costing commuters more and more, while services get worse and worse. The rail companies made billions of pounds in profits last year, while passengers stood on platforms across our district watching their services get delayed, disrupted and cancelled. This has to change.

“In fact, Northern is owned by German State-owned rail company Deutsche Bahn so these hike in our rail fares is helping to pay for cheaper, more reliable and more comfortable commuting for our neighbours in Germany.

“Bringing our railways back into public ownership is a key part of the society of the Green Party want to create. We need a publically owned railway network, with cheap, accessible, reliable transport for all.”