London Mayor Urges For Rail Renationalisation

    By Steve Punter (Sadiq Khan MP) via Wikimedia Commons

    Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has joined the calls for the railways to be renationalised after the release of the finding of a damning review into the timetable chaos of the industry that was conducted last May.

    Today, the Office for Road and Rail, the rail regulator, released the review that was ordered by Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, during the summer when the full scale of the damage that was caused by the overhaul of the timetable became clear.

    The said review discovered that the regulators, the government, and the Network Rail were all part of a series of errors that resulted in the said chaos. Stephen Glaister, who headed the said review, disclosed that “nobody took charge” and that the industry was not able to warn the passengers regarding the risks that were associated with the possible disruption.

    When Khan was asked if he would follow the steps fo Jeremy Corbyn in urging for the nationalisation of the railways, the London Mayor said that “all the evidence is there.”

    Khan endorsed Owen Smith for the leadership of the Labour Party.

    Khan stated: “Privatisation has been a failure.”

    He added: “Look at East Coast. The franchise has come to an end – that’s an opportunity for us to take over these lines.”

    He also reiterated his call for the government of the United Kingdom to consider devolving commuter services to the Transport for London (TfL) in order to improve its customer service.

    He stated: “I’ve been saying for the past couple of years that what the government should be doing is devolving to London. All the evidence shows TfL lines provide better customer satisfaction and value for money. Our message to the government is work with us and devolve these lines to TfL, and you’ll see fewer cancellations and delays.”