Monday, 5 September 2016

Wales to subsidise transport conglomerate and London commuters

Welsh and Scottish taxpayers, and those in the regions of England, will be angered by the government's decision to throw £20m at the difficulties faced by passengers on Southern Railway. At 3.4% of the UK's tax take, I reckon the Welsh contribution to be £680,000. This comes at a time when Go-Ahead, the parent group of the franchise-holder, has reported healthy profits.

This is not necessarily an argument for renationalising the whole system (personally I am in favour of aiming for the mixed system which seems to be viable for all parties in Switzerland) but it certainly calls for central government to be more even-handed.

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