‘Railways Bill vote a missed opportunity’ says Keith Norman

30 June 2005

Train drivers leader Keith Norman today described the Commons debate on the Railways Bill ‘a missed opportunity’.

‘Train drivers, the travelling public - and millions of electors whose taxes subsidise the privately owned train operating companies - will see the failure of the government majority to back the staged return of passenger rail to public ownership as a missed opportunity’ he said.

‘Railway workers appreciate the efforts of Labour MP John McDonnell and his parliamentary colleagues to win the principle that passenger services return to public ownership when franchises end or fail.

‘It is regrettable that so many MPs failed to participate in the debate and register a vote on an issue that has great electoral significance. They should be held to account by their voters.’

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