abour is finally shifting ground on the railways with a real debate going on in the party about public ownership. It is widely recognised that privatisation has been a colossal failure. Despite record levels of public subsidy we have the highest fares in Europe and private sector investment and innovation is non-existent.
It's never nice to find out that a household bill has gone up, but for many rail commuters finding out just before Christmas that their season ticket will cost hundreds of pounds more next year is all the more galling. The average wage is certainly not going up, the rising cost of living is hitting many families hard and the increase in rail fares will do nothing to help.