Women-only train carriages: Councillor praises Jeremy Corbyn for “radical idea”

Councillor Ric Brackenbury
Councillor Ric Brackenbury

A councillor has praised Jeremy Corbyn for his “radical idea” of having women-only carriages on trains to avoid sexual assault.

The Labour leadership contender said he would consider the controversial move to help stop the recent rise in sex offences on public transport.

In a tweet today, Ric Brackenbury, Lib Dem councillor for Campbell Park and Old Woughton, compared the principle to having first class carriages.

He said: “If you don’t like segregation on trains, maybe time to scrap first class?

“Respect to Jeremy Corbyn for being bold enough to put radical ideas forward.”

The tweet was quickly met with criticism from Councillor Alice Bramall who said she found the comparison between segregation of women and first class carriages “outrageous”.

Mr Brackenbury went on to tweet that he was “not in favour” of the idea. However, he said the country needs more politicians “brave enough to be controversial”.

Speaking to the Citizen this afternoon, Mr Brackenbury went on to say: “I don’t want to live in a country where we have to segregate people on public transport to ensure safety, and I don’t see why we should accept that public spaces such as trains shouldn’t be safe places for everyone.

“However this all misses what I was really getting at. The point I wanted to make was that it’s no surprise we have some very boring politicians, as anyone who dares to express a controversial view is hounded in the internet age.

“All Jeremy Corbyn has said is that he wants to hear if women would be interested in this – as did the Tory minister when it was floated last year.

“If he’s created space for people to come forward with a different view to the majority, then good for him.”

Figures from British Transport Police suggest sex offences on trains and at stations has risen by 25 per cent to record levels.