Bringing back British rail is the only solution to this savage destruction of our railways.
Elizabeth Clark, Peterborough
Also bring back some of the many lost stations. Reduce individual cars on the road and more railways for everyone.
Mary Johnstone, Surbiton
I’m tired of catching overcrowded trains.
Craig Robertson, Birkenhead
The trains are outdated and whatever new stock Northern do get is cast offs from down south or abroad.
Kevin Boulton, Trefnant
I totally agree. Re-open all the branch lines and put freight back on the rails.
Eliot Johnson, Devizes
It’s the right thing for the country and the hard working commuters of Britain deserve a better railway system.
Jean Berry, Nottingham
It’s much better to have the government running the rail system for the good of the country and not shareholders.
Arvind Jadwa, London
The service has been bad since privatisation, and the fares sky high.
Elizabeth Lindsay, Matlock
Before nationalisation (and I was there) people complained about the trains. The same complaints are happening still – fares are beyond reach, and profits exist.
James Aitken, Edinburgh
End the rip-off of both passengers and taxpayers. We pay more now than we did for BR.
Glyn Morgan, Liverpool
We currently subsidise the rail network more heavily than we did when we owned it yet they still make a profit. That’s our money and it should be re-invested.
Sean McCarroll, Penzance
No car. I travel a lot and found having to change trains more as before we used to travel straight through. Now have to suit train companies territories.
David Haimes, Barnsley
Never have so few robbed so many.
Sebastian Clare, Dublin
I want not only for the railways to be returned to public ownership, but for all transport provision to be unified under a National Transport Service, mimicking the NHS.
Richard Wakeford, Cambridge
I saw this in today’s “Grauniad.” Good on you, Ellie.
Southern strikes are showing that the private sector is not more efficient at running the railways.
Paul Dickerson, Scunthorpe
Just bring it back.
Michael Morgan, Cinderford
If public ownership works and makes a profit on East Coast line, why not have the lot in public ownership?
Jason Courtney, Guildford
Some things should not be privatised.
Jennifer Brazil, Great Missenden
It cost me £110 for an advance return train ticket from Yorkshire to Great Missenden but £120 for a return plane ticket to Berlin. Ridiculous.
John Devine, Chippenham
About time, bloody Thatcher.
Sam Bird, London
Re-nationalise our railways immediately.
Peter Murray, Doncaster
Let’s turn the privatisation tide.
Steven Caris, London
Having rail in private hands has proved to be a complete disaster on all counts.
Andrew Nix, London
The railways should be a public concern, serving the public, not wealthy shareholders.
David Edwards, Norwich
Aidan Turner-Bishop, Preston
It’s maddening that we have state-run trains in Britain but other countries manage trains. They siphon away our tax subsidies. We fund DB, NS and SNCF. Why not our BR?
David Cuthbert, Winscombe
The railways should not have been privatised in the first place. The subsidies are a ludicrous price to pay when there is no ownership by the taxpayer.
Peter Jackson, Bungay
We spend less per head than any country in Europe on our rail network. It is about time we got a proper public service so we can get people off the roads.
Colin Carr, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
It’s our country.