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Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, commenting on the Government’s announcement today on the future of rail and the McNulty report, said:
“I share the Coalition’s desire to see costs fall within the rail industry and welcome the work of the McNulty report that the last Labour Government commissioned. Yet all we’ve seen today are more delays from the government as their plans for the future of rail franchises and industry reform are shunted into next year. Since the election they have delayed the date for completion of Crossrail and Thameslink, delayed giving the green light to electrification of the Great Western Mail Line beyond Bristol and the Midland Main Line and delayed announcing the replacement of inter-city rolling stock. The only thing not being delayed is the massive hikes in ticket prices that  risk driving people off the railways and back onto the roads.”

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