Newton Abbot CLP calls on the next Labour Government to avoid further disruption to the South West.
Contemporary Motion for Conference – Railways National and Local
Under David Cameron, with rail fares increasing by 3.5% in January, rail users and taxpayers are not getting a fair deal. Spiralling fares are adding to the cost of living crisis.
The franchising model and the lack of coherent strategic management across the network and rail services means that profit for the train companies is put before the interests of passengers.
On the East Coast, passengers are being well served by a publicly owned train operator which is being run successfully in the public interest. Despite this, the Tories plan to dogmatically hand the East Coast contract back to the private sector
We call on the next Labour Government to:
Keep the East Coast mainline in the public sector as a comparator with its private sector counterparts, and furthermore to allow the public sector to compete on a level playing field with the private train companies for other contracts.
In addition we call on the next Labour Government to:
Ensure that the current route of the South Devon Main Line between Exeter and Plymouth via Dawlish, is maintained to a high standard to avoid the disruption experienced earlier this year. Any plan to provide an alternative route should be in addition to the existing route and not a replacement, as the continuing viability of Dawlish and Teignmouth as holiday destinations is dependent on the present rail link. It also provides residents of these towns with easy access to Plymouth and Exeter for work and pleasure.