PUBLISHED: 16:41, Mon, Dec 2, 2019 | UPDATED: 16:41, Mon, Dec 2, 2019
Shadow Transport Minister Rachel Maskell was grilled by BBC’s Jo Coburn during Politics Live for the Labour Party’s latest travel service plans. The party’s determination to lower train fares and nationalise the service resulted in Ms Coburn questioning what positive changes Sadiq Khan has done as mayor. The BBC host also questioned why the London mayor hadn’t been making efforts to reduce fares already.
She said: “How are you going to stop companies pushing up unregulated fares?”
Ms Maskell replied: “Of course, unregulated fares are often in the off-peak period.
“What we propose is to bring the rail service back under national ownership.”
Ms Coburn interrupted and said: “Well that is not going to happen in January is it.
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Jo Coburn took aim at Sadiq Khan for his failures as London Mayor (Image: BBC)
Rachel Maskell insisted the Labour Party would nationalise the rail service (Image: BBC)
She continued: “No it isn’t but we are ready for the Queen's speech to have the first piece of legislation coming through in reforming our rail system.
“It is so fragmented that the costs are extraordinary at the moment, as we bring the rail services back together again we will cut those costs.”
The BBC host interjected: “Right, well let us just take the example of Sadiq Khan in London as he is