Reclaim the railways for mutuals

THE Government should scrap deregulation of public transport and allow co-operatives and mutuals to run local bus and train services. Two motions carried by conference called for the...

THE Government should scrap deregulation of public transport and allow co-operatives and
mutuals to run local bus and train services.
Two motions carried by conference called for the Government to set up a system of regulation across the country similar to that in London where bus services are provided under contract to Transport for London.
Amendments to a motion also said the Government should also reclaim the ownership of the railways when franchises expire and allow co-operatives or not-for-profit mutuals to manage the rail network.
Concern was also raised at conference about the deterioration and monopolistic nature of local bus services.
A motion submitted by the CG North Eastern and Cumbrian Party recognised that monopolies have emerged, which has resulted in bus operators failing to provide a consistently adequate and reliable service.
An amendment put forward by CG Wessex Party was backed by conference which said the Government should encourage local authorities to promote co-operative and mutual models for local bus services.

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