19 January 2015
Streatham Green Party has today warned that a vote for Labour is a vote for more misery for commuters from Streatham’s railway stations.
The party has welcomed Streatham MP Chuka Umunna’s admission last week that reliance on private franchises is to blame for shocking rail services to Streatham’s stations. (1)
However the Green Party is pointing out that his proposals for penalties on Southern Rail will make matters worse and his party's policy is not to bring the railways back into public ownership.
The Green Party has previously exposed four years of inaction on transport by Streatham’s Labour MP. (2)
Labour party policy is to continue to allow private companies to bid for rail franchises. The Green Party is the only party proposing to bring the railways back into public hands. The Green Party would increase the investment in public transport paid for by the government by £1.8bn per year, with money taken from the Government’s road-building programme. (3)
Streatham’s Green Party Parliamentary candidate Jonathan Bartley said: “The privatisation of the railways has driven up prices while creating a race to the bottom in service provision. It's left us with a rail network that is fragmented, costly, understaffed, and under-invested - and it is costing Streatham commuters dear.
“Fining companies like Southern Rail for poor performance in the short-term, and allowing them to continue to bid for rail franchises in the long-term will only take more money away from our railways. Labour have nothing to offer Streatham in terms of improved rail travel.
"The Green Party believes that public services should be run in the interests of those that use them, not the minority who happen to own them. An investment of £1.8 billion would make a huge difference, and would help us relieve the national reliance on carbon-intensive forms of transport.”
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(2) MP Chuka Umunna didn’t tell people in 2011 that Streatham wasn’t being considered for the Bakerloo Line extension http://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/news/2014/12/01/mps-office-told-streatham-wasn%E2%80%99t-being-considered-for-bakerloo-line-extension-as-long-ago-as-2011/