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Polls: Railways would be better and cheaper under public ownership

7 June 2013

A new poll for LabourList has revealed that 73% of public say the railway would be better run or the same under public ownership whilst 71% believe fares would come down or stay the same.

As LabourList points out, "across every age, gender, social class, party affiliation and region, the most popular answer was that public control of the railways would make them cheaper."

Labour are currently reviewing their position on the structure of the railway industry and the poll should provide further evidence that the public are not only open to, but keen for the failed experiment of a fragmented rail system run for private profit to come to an end. As LabourList say, "the renationalisation of the railways, as an option the public believes would be cheaper for them, is back on the agenda".

Even amongst Conservative voters, their personal experiences of travel overrides any backing of a market solution: 60% say the railways would be better or the same under public ownership.

A rail network run for public benefit, not shareholder profit (with vast public subsidy) is a policy which a One Nation Labour Party should have the good sense to adopt.

 

If the railways were returned to public control, do you think they would be

Better run than they are today 38%
As well / badly run as they are today 35%
Worse run than they are today 14%
Don't know 13%

 

If the railways were returned to public control, do you think they would be

Cheaper for passengers than they are today 42%
The same price for passengers as they are today 29%
More expensive for passengers than they are today 13%
Don't know 16%

 

Full data published on LabourList

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