Labour has called for greater clarity over the plan for Christmas travel, saying there are still “many unanswered questions” including whether works on the East Coast Mainline will go ahead as scheduled on 27 December.
Grant Shapps this morning said “clearing 778 miles of roadworks and postponing rail upgrade works will ease congestion” (10:45am).
Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said: “It’s welcome that Ministers have finally announced a plan for Christmas travel but there are still many unanswered questions.
“The Government must ensure engineering works do not clash with the limited window in which people can travel and that all peak fares are suspended during the travelling period, not just leave it up to operators.
“We must not lose sight of the fact that Covid has not gone away. Ministers must take charge of the situation to ensure passengers do not face Christmas travel chaos and risks to their health on overcrowded services.”