Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the Government “to do all it can to encourage Great Western Railway to continue to participate” in the easitNETWORK rail discount scheme.
Layla expressed her “deep concern” that GWR’s decision to end its support will lead to commuters switching back to using cars rather than rail.
The MP previously wrote to the Managing Director of the rail firm, calling for “a compromise” and offering to host a meeting between GWR, representatives of easitNETWORK and other MPs whose constituents are affected.
Tabling the motion, published yesterday evening, Layla said “I hope all MPs who can support this motion do, to send a strong message to GWR that their decision is concerning when we are in the midst of a climate emergency.”
The motion also raises concerns that the loss of the scheme will lead to “increased congestion, poorer air quality and higher carbon emissions”.
Commenting, Layla said:
“The decision by Great Western Railway to end its involvement with the easitNETWORK scheme is likely to lead to increased congestion, poorer air quality and higher carbon emissions.
“I have deep concern that, unless we encourage commuters to use rail, many will switch back to using cars.
“I hope all MPs who can support this motion do, to send a strong message to GWR that their decision is concerning when we are in the midst of a climate emergency.
“My offer to GWR still stands – let’s sit down with easitNETWORK and come to a compromise so we can continue to encourage commuters to move from road to rail.”
The text of Layla’s motion is here: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/54635/easitnetwork-rail-discount-scheme
The previous media release regarding Layla’s letter to GWR is here: http://www.laylamoran.com/layla_moran_calls_for_compromise_over_at_risk_rail_discount_scheme_for_commuters