Rail reform – Labour cuts the Gordian knot

Setting out Labour’s plan: Shadow Transport Secretary Louise Haugh launches the party’s policy document at Trainline’s headquarters on 25 April 2024.
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AsI write, you can get odds of 25/1 against a Conservative majority at the forthcoming general election. Labour is odds on at 1/14. I quote these numbers as a cautionary reminder that elections are not over until the returning officers have sung.

So, while the polls and the betting fraternity are expecting a Labour landslide, some canny punters think it worth putting money on a Conservative recovery. And we should not forget the railway’s current woes stem from John Major’s surprise victory in the 1992 general election.

But, with those caveats, it is time to analyse‘Getting Britain moving: Labour’s plan to fix the railways’, published on 25 April.


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