Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the government’s statement on transport for key workers, said:
“Labour backs measures that will keep key workers and freight moving on our railway during this crisis.
“There are very few emergency options available in these most difficult of circumstances. The imperative is to maintain a functioning rail network throughout this emergency.
“However, this is a time limited arrangement by Government in response to a crippling crisis on our railway rather than a long-term solution. Labour welcomes an honest debate on the future of our transport system post-crisis in order to address the fundamental issues with our current networks.”