Rail Franchising

Part of NHS Winter Crisis – in the House of Commons at 5:48 pm on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration) 5:48 pm, 10th January 2018

We have been hearing from Conservative Ministers that higher fares will fund improved services. I come from Manchester, the city that had the first railway station, yet we find that the stations and railways in my constituency are in desperate need of investment. Levenshulme station is one of those. It has been hit by consistent flooding over the holidays, and lights in the station did not work for days, posing a real danger to passenger safety. In the 21st century, the station still does not have disability access. Ultimately, the passengers, who are paying higher fares—