Letters: Mike Larcey, February 12, 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron arrives by train for a regional cabinet meeting in Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 28, 2013. David Cameron insisted new high-speed rails links to the north of England will go ahead despite a backlash as the routes were unveiled. He said extending the already-planned London to Birmingham HS2 line as far as Manchester and Leeds would "spread wealth and prosperity" around the country. See PA story TRANSPORT HighSpeed. Photo credit should read: Stefan Wermuth/PA Wire PPP-150602-115025001
Prime Minister David Cameron arrives by train for a regional cabinet meeting in Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 28, 2013. David Cameron insisted new high-speed rails links to the north of England will go ahead despite a backlash as the routes were unveiled. He said extending the already-planned London to Birmingham HS2 line as far as Manchester and Leeds would "spread wealth and prosperity" around the country. See PA story TRANSPORT HighSpeed. Photo credit should read: Stefan Wermuth/PA Wire PPP-150602-115025001
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Perhaps your readers would like to know what privatisation has done for public transport.

Despite a £4 billion subsidy by the Government to the private companies (and privatisation was supposed to cut out government subsidy), public transport in the UK is the most expensive and the least efficient in Europe. In fact, the companies that now run our failing systems are partially or totally owned by other countries, who use the profits and subsidies to lower the cost of public transport in their own countries! The only successfully-run rail company was the East Coast train service which was privatised in 2009 when a well-known private company gave up on it.

Mr Corbyn wants to return public transport to public ownership. Considering all the above, he makes perfect sense. He will re-introduce the notion of ‘service’ to transport, making transport accessible to those who are now being isolated. He will ensure quality by re-directing the profits and subsidies into improving transport services. This will no doubt be good news to a county like Norfolk where public transport is evaluated on profitability and not need. Mr Corbyn makes sense.

Mike Larcey, Downham