John Wakefield, Stone
For all our sakes – and the environment – let’s have our national rail service back.
Frances Moran, London
I am old enough to remember the days when British Rail ran the railways, and I can tell you it was run better in those days than it is now.
Chris Lemin, London
Private enterprise has been a disaster for the railways.
Michael Markson, London
Privatisation of our railways has been an abject, expensive failure..John Major should hang his head in shame.
Harvey Gelder, Pontefract
Privatisation has put profit before safety.
In the present system driven by the obsessive need for profit, the needs of the passenger are not considered – they are only important as the source of revenue.
Javed Miah, London
I’m sick of train fares going up every year. It’s an absolute farce. How is this sustainable?
Elizabeth Thomas, East Sussex
Travellers are the losers with a franchise system where the bidding is based on income for the government. Promises about through ticketing were broken within weeks.
Colin Sutton, Ramsgate
The railways are for the people of the UK, not shareholders.
Keith Barrow, Huddersfield
Transport should let people get from A to B as cheaply as possible, not for profit. One fare for each journey, not having to find the cheapest available.
Eirug Griffiths, Neath
Since BR was privatised by the government it is now run by different companies. These companies hike up the fares every year and provide a poor service for high prices.
Richard Power, London
I used to work for British Rail in Horwich, York and Crewe engineering works. I would love to see the railways nationalised again.
Melvyn Dalley, Sheffield
Privatisation has failed, as it seems do in most public services.
Alexander Scott, Ardrossan
The franchising fiasco has shown conclusively how privatisation fails the public. The rail network is a national asset and should therefore be run nationally.
Luke Oldale, Worksop
It should never have been privatised in the first place. It was the worst thing John Major ever did.
Rob Smith, Hawick
Jim Harkson, Lincolnshire
The people will it.
Rob Turnbull, Hexham
Please re-open the lines that were closed in Northumberland by Beeching.
Sheila Lovett, Newton Abbot
Let’s bring sense back at last.
James O’Grady, Coventry
You know this makes perfect sense.
Alison Broadley, Bedworth
I would like to travel long distances and know connecting trains will be waiting for me.
Richard Stainton, Hinckley
The tax payer should not pay for foreign companies to make a profit whilst operating at the highest prices in Europe.
Paul McNally, Washington
I fully support the need for a publicly-owned and run railway in Britain.
Lesley Doveton, Uxbridge
I strongly support this, and bringing energy back into public ownership as well.
Sam Hayes, Manchester
With so much direct and indirect subsidy, the idea that the railway isn’t already nationally funded is laughable. Let’s take charge if we’re going to pay for it anyway.
Michael Ley, Luton
Privatisation has been a total failure (As we knew it would be) Greed has replaced efficiency and duty to the people it once served.
Steve Yeates, East Sussex
We need a train service run for passengers not shareholders.
Chris Tugwell, Welling
Privatisation of the railways is a sham so that shareholders can make millions. We should re-invest in re-opening closed lines and bring back a real service.
Richard King, Bristol
This privatisation experiment has failed. The East Coast Line ran at a vast profit when in government hands but not when previously run privately. It’s time for British Rail.
Janet Groundsell, Isle of Wight
Transport is vital and would be preferable in the public interest rather than big business.