‘Impressive debut’ for Sadiq Khan

09 June 2009

Sadiq Khan has made an impressive debut as Minister of State for Transport, according to ASLEF’s general secretary Keith Norman. Sadiq, the South London MP who is the UK’s first Muslim cabinet minister, had only been in post a couple of days when he announced the nationalisation of London and Continental Railways (LCR). ‘If he carries on like this, we’ll get on like a house on fire,’ declared the union leader.


In a statement yesterday the Minister of State for Transport said the government would pay a nominal sum to take LCR into public ownership. This includes its interests in the Channel Tunnel rail link and Eurostar.


LCR owns High Speed One, the 67 mile-long high-speed track running from London to the Channel Tunnel, better known as the the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. LCR also owns the country’s share in Eurostar, as well as various properties.


This is not, however, a sign that the Labour government has finally seen the wisdom of ceasing its privatisation crusade. Its objective is to prepare High Speed One for sale.

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