A Labour government will bring the railways back into public ownership, shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh has said.
Speaking to party members at the Labour conference in Liverpool, Ms Haigh told delegates: “We will cast aside the tired dogma that has failed passengers.
“We will improve services and lower fares.
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“And, yes, conference, Labour in power will bring our railways back into public ownership where they belong.”
Labour in power would also build an Elizabeth Line for the North and deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 in full, Louise Haigh has said.
The shadow transport secretary said that if “many millions” cannot or will not use public transport, “there is no path to net zero”.
She claimed her “number one priority as Secretary of State will be ending this spiral of decline on our public transport system”.
Ms Haigh added: “We will build an Elizabeth Line for the North and deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 in full.
“But we know we can only build a fairer, greener future by taking power from failing private operators and putting it back in the hands of the public.”