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The rising cost of transport is a central part of the cost of living crisis. People are being squeezed by eye-watering fare increases on buses and
railways, and a reduction in the quantity and quality of local bus services.

Since 2010, rail fares have risen by 20 per cent on average leaving British rail passengers paying the highest rail fares in Europe. This has been allowed to happen because David Cameron has chosen to stand up for the companies who operate our rail and bus services, rather than empowering the passengers and communities who rely on them.

At the same time motorists have seen the quality of our roads deteriorate with rising congestion and promised road improvements not being
delivered.

LABOUR’S PLAN
We want an affordable transport system that works for passengers, giving them a real voice, with decisions on services taken far closer to those
who use them. We will devolve decisions on transport to local authorities working together to ensure integrated networks across city and county
regions. They will be given control of budgets over road investment and powers to decide what bus services they want.

We will stand up to vested interests in the transport sector where their interests are being served instead of those of passengers. We will end the
situation where the only public sector that cannot run our railways is our own.

LABOUR WILL:
• Introduce a strict cap on annual rail fare increases across all routes.
• Legislate so a public sector operator can take on lines and challenge private train operating companies on a level playing field.
• Devolve regional transport decision making so that areas can bring together trains, buses, ferries and trams into a single network with smart-ticketing.
• Give city and county regions London-style powers to regulate bus services.
• Make cycling safer and more accessible with national standards to reduce deaths and serious injuries.

KEY FACTS
• Rail fares are up an average of 20 per cent since 2010, while wages have fallen.
• 2,262 miles of local roads are in need of maintenance - further than from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back again.
• 1,300 bus routes have been cut since 2010.

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