Labour has accused the Tories of hypocrisy for complaining about a lack of Boxing Day trains while in opposition, but allowing a “rail standstill” now they are in government. Just five out of 28 operators are running services on December 26, and they are all running vastly reduced services. There are no services on Virgin Trains or West Midlands Railway. Network Rail says that because fewer people travel by train during the festive period it is used to carry out engineering and other improvement work. But shadow transport minister Andy McDonald said: “Tory ministers’ handling of the Boxing Day rail standstill is making it much harder for families and friends to visit one another this Christmas break. “In opposition the Tories attacked the Boxing Day rail shutdown, but they’ve now had more than eight years to do something about it and haven’t lifted a finger. “The Tory hypocrisy on this issue is astounding. People who expect the railway to stay open under a Tory government have been tricked.” Of all networks in Britain, only Chiltern, ScotRail, Southeastern, Southern and the Stansted Express are running, according to the National Rail Enquiries website. But they are all running limited services, prompting Labour… Read full this story
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