BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
Question Time on 20 September 2018 came from the West Yorkshire town of Dewsbury. Topics covered included the Chequers deal, rail nationalisation, Islamophobia in the Conservative party, and the point of party conferences.
Fair fares? How much are season tickets increasing by?
Train season tickets for commuters are rising by 3.2% next year – higher than wages are rising.
Is Heathrow just for high flyers?
More people flying from Heathrow are on connecting flights or business trips than most other London airports. The majority are still leisure travellers and on terminating flights (as opposed to connecting ones).
England v Wales: how bad are the roads?
Maintenance needs to be considered on 3% of A roads and 3% of B and C roads in England.
Electric railways and tidal lagoons: has Wales lost out?
Planned electrification of the Great Western main line between Swansea and Cardiff has been cancelled, as has a planned tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.
Do the public want the railways renationalised?
A poll of 1,500 adults in Great Britain found that 64% would support bringing the railways back into public ownership.
Are rail fares out of control?
The average rail fare in Britain has increased by 20% in real terms since 1995, though it dropped by 1% between 2017 and 2018.
Would free bus travel save young people £1,000 a year?
Labour’s free bus policy, factchecked.
Who owns Britain’s trains, energy and postal service?
Some providers of UK utilities like energy, post and rail have links with foreign governments