Gravy train indeed: Rail services benefit from national subsidies but prices are still rising massively. What about locally-funded bus services?

Mr Turner makes a good point about rises in bus fares – but his criticism of Labour falls well short of the mark.

In attacking the Conservative Government’s support for the privatised – but heavily subsidised – rail system, Labour is making a strong point about misuse of public money provided by everybody who has paid any form of tax.

Bus fares are different. Mr Turner attacks Labour over what he suggests are “retail policies tailor-made for marginal seats” – but any policy on bus fares must also, by nature, be a “retail policy”, and tailor-made for each constituency seat on an individual basis; there is no national policy or subsidy.

He is absolutely right that Labour needs an overarching policy on this – but attacking the party because it went for the more obvious target is a mistake.

Train fares in Britain to rise by average of 1.1%. Bus fares in Birmingham rise by 4.8%. Corbyn and Labour fret over the former.

Source: Has Jeremy Corbyn Missed the Bus by Running for the Train? | John D Turner

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