Newly elected Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley, Louise Haigh, has called for “a comprehensive re-nationalised service of our railways” (the Star 2 July 2015). She feels that this is the best way to ensure much needed investment in the system. This reflects the Green Party pledge at the General Election, to return the railways to public hands and to stop profits being put before passengers.
I share the frustration with the Tory Government’s decision to put on hold the investment in our local services in and around Sheffield, including the electrification of the Midland Mainline. These improvements would have added new jobs, increased business opportunities and encouraged people to shift to more sustainable transport.