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Union chief calls for rail renationalisation

A transport union chief renewed demands for the renationalisation of the railways yesterday attacking ministers for ignoring party members' wishes.
Keith Norman, general secretary of Aslef, used a party conference speech to accuse the Government of failing on key aspects of rail policy.

Responded to transport secretary Alistair Darling's address he said: 'Transport in Great Britain is not being dealt with as it should

be,'

'When conference adopts a position to take our railways back into public ownership and our Government decides they are not going to do that we have a major problem with that. That is not right.

Mr Darling had earlier lauded the Government's move to take back control of the 'strategic direction' of the railways.

He said he was looking at the need for more high speed lines to help link more parts of the UK to the rest of Europe.

Mr Darling said the Government was doubling spending on transport to meet higher demand for travel while also meeting environmental needs.

More roads would be built, he said, but the introduction of road pricing had also to be considered in a bid to beat congestion.

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