Labour plan 'one-stop' rail ticket website to rival Trainline if they win power

Posted On: 
1st December 2019

Labour would create a “one-stop shop” for rail tickets to rival Trainline website if it moves into government after the election.

Labour would overhaul the train ticket purchasing system
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The new service would form part of their plans to nationalise the entire industry within five years of coming to power.

The party says the new central online booking portal would replace the “confusing ticket sales of private train operators”.

But the site would also be a major competitor to third-party companies such a Trainline, which floated on the London Stock Exchange this summer with a valuation of £2.2 billion.

Labour say the new site would be necessary to simplify the process of purchasing tickets form he various operators, after research shows there are 55 million types of fare available.

Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald said of the plans: “Labour's publicly owned rail company will provide a simple one-stop shop for ticket information and purchase, replacing the confusing ticket sales of private train operators.

“The independent ticketing websites and apps that currently provide a valuable service will continue as at present.”

It comes as Labour also revealed plans to make England one of the best countries in the world for walking and cycling.

If they win the election the party has promised to create a new healthy streets programme, modelled on towns in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

Labour is promising 5,000km of cycleways built, as well as providing universal affordable access to bicycles and grants for e-bike purchases.

Training for all primary school children and their parents would also be available, as part of a pledge to double cycling journeys.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "I love walking and cycling so I'm proud of the policies we've announced today to give millions of people the freedom to walk and cycle along convenient, attractive routes, safe from traffic danger.

"These policies will slash carbon emissions, tackle air pollution, save our NHS billions and boost our high streets by making towns and city centres more pleasant.

"Our plans will transform opportunities so that travelling actively and healthily is an option for the many, not just the bold and fearless."