Responding to today’s announcement on the new contract for East Midlands’ Trains, Lilian Greenwood, Labour’s new Shadow Transport Secretary and MP for Nottingham South, said:
“Any improvements for passengers will be welcome, but Ministers will be hoping that passengers don’t read the small print because today’s announcement raises real fears of new cuts to come.
“There is no mention of key infrastructure improvements that Ministers were promising to deliver as recently as June – and the only improvement to the line that is mentioned is too late to cancel.
“A decision is urgently needed on new trains for the route but the Government has ducked it today. Worse still, Ministers have halved the value of premium payments the operator is expected to make back to taxpayers.
“The East Midlands receives the lowest rail investment in England, and once again this looks like smoke and mirrors from a Government that has already inflicted swingeing cuts on vital improvement projects such as electrification in the region.”