Labour promise to cut train fares by 33 per cent

Elias Hubbard
December 3, 2019

The Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Plaid Cymru, Greens and Brexit Party have all been invited to take part, with Julie Etchingham set to host the two hour TV programme.

Johnson, for example, announced that if he remains in power he will ensure that those convicted of terrorism serve their full sentences, while Corbyn advocated reviewing each case, and making sure that prison also plays a rehabilitating role.

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted his spending pledges are necessary to right a decade of austerity as he pledged to slash regulated rail fares in England by a third from next month.

According to excerpts from the speech disclosed by his press office, Corbyn will explain that the reduction in the price of train tickets will represent a saving of 1,000 pounds per year for the average passenger.

A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators, said they would support fare reductions if it was paid for by the United Kingdom taxpayer rather than rail companies.

Rail fares in the United Kingdom are set to rise by an average of 2.7% in January, but Labour has promised to cut ticket prices by up to a third if it wins the election.

Regulated rail fares are now set to rise by 2.7% from January, in line with the rate of inflation.

Children aged 16 and under would receive free rail travel under the party's plans, while part time workers would be guaranteed "fair" fares.

The rail fare cuts would cost 1.5 billion pounds a year, Labour said, with the money coming from existing Department for Transport budgets funded by road tax.

Labour has also pledged to deliver a simple, London-style ticketing system across the nation - with "islands" within which zonal rail fares will apply across all modes of public transport.

Mr Johnson will visit a port on Monday as his party unveils a five-point plan to strengthen border security after Brexit.

The Labour leader demanded that the UK-US talks must cease until Mr Trump amends negotiating objectives to exclude pharmaceuticals, and accepts the role of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in setting cost-effectiveness of NHS drugs.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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