The railways are a mess. In the southwest we have one of the highest fares in the country. Bring back sense and coherence to the railways – re-nationalise.
We need a public service, run for the public with the interests of passengers, not shareholders, at heart.
Since privatisation the taxpayer has never paid as much out to loss-making companies. It makes a mockery of the notion of lower prices, better service.
I work as a train guard for Northern Rail and I totally agree with putting people before profits for greedy private companies and shareholders. Come back BR – all is forgiven.
Rarely get a seat so have to bring my own stool or sit with the luggage. Services constantly cancelled or delayed. Ticket prices are astronomical. Bring back BR.
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Since 2009, we’ve been campaigning for a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit 🚆
With #GreatBritishRailways, we'll have greater unification, but the same private companies will still extract ££ millions from the system 💰💸 #notgreat bringbackbritishrail.org ...
Read The Labour Party's proposal for a 'nationally integrated publicly owned railway', also called #GBRail labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/GB_Rail_Labour_Opposition_White_Paper.pdf
Read Grant Shapps' White Paper here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/great-british-railways-williams-shapps-plan-for-rail
Total nationalisation not perks for the berks that still insist the privatised model can make a contribution. Anywhere in Europe works this system? Remember railways in the UK have been subsidised since 2870!! And lastly for a very good belly laugh compare high speed trains in China and the US.
As much as there is a lot of (deserved) criticism that these reforms don't go anything like far enough.....one thing I am looking forward to is the restoration of the Rail Alphabet typeface for signage and a single homogeneous look to everything again instead of all these truly horrid liveries and signs.
Another gimmick by the torys when are people going to wake up
I would take the great out of it. British Rail would be appropriate for a publicly owned Railway ☘️
Wonder how much ink they could save over the next decade by dropping the word "Great" and just calling it, well, "British Railways". Has a certain ring to it, doesn't it?
Just a rebranding, with appropriate logo and Jack flags so that Johnson’s narcissism can be inflated even more. A greater profit will be extracted from the taxpayer and people will be fooled by the decorative, false patriotic trappings. Will ticket prices go down? Don’t hold your breath.
It sort of admits the current system is crap but still ring fences their mate's golden goose so ensures the Tory party still get their share in donations and the ministers have a some nice boardroom positions waiting for them.
So the Williams review is now the Williams-Schaps plan without Williams' original document geting any parliamentary or public scrutiny? The railways in England will be run by "Great British Railways". Can anybody else hear a sudden loud ringing of the bull5hit alarm?
It's a start isn't it , it goes some way into unifying the network again but it's hardly nationalisation , the services will still be privately run...but it's a start. it'll make full nationalisation later on that bit easier to carry out should there be an appitite to do it. i fear the removal of the etonian variant from power will probably be needed before that happens.
Our railways deserve so much better than the ideas & intentions of Grant Shapps.
A picture of Chester station?
Shouldn't this be called the "Willliams-Schapps-Green-Stockheath-Fox Plan for Rail" to take into account the other names that Toryboy has been known by?
Yet again the old euro-lie that EU regulations required that the track and the operation of train be split and stay privatized is being regurgitated "The pending changes to EU rail regulation, known as the fourth railway package, don’t require member states to privatise any aspect of their rail networks. Neither do they require any member to break up its national operator. There was an initial proposal for rail infrastructure and services to be split into separate organisations, which would have meant breaking up national operators, but the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, directly intervened and it was dropped ...... The three main components of the changes, which are currently awaiting European parliament approval, are that each member state liberalises passenger services; develops common operating standards for both trains and the workforce and has an independent infrastructure manager (even while ownership of infrastructure and services can be under the same company). When it comes to liberalising passenger services, the word “liberalise” is open to interpretation." theconversation.com/fact-check-do-new-eu-rules-make-it-impossible-to-renationalise-railways-61180
Softly softly, catcher monkey. It's one step in the right direction.
Won't hold my breath....I haven't been on a train for many years..just too expensive to go on spontaneous day trips anymore...the complications around getting tickets is ridiculous...If anything prices will go up and ordinary people wanting to travel on trains now and again will be priced out completely..Train travel should be for everyone, not just for daily commuters...
Great British Railways.......hahahahahahahahahaha
Some of us were out campaigning for the Labour Party against Tory Rail privatisation in 1993.
You guys need to keep pushing as this give a chance to nationalise the railway and bring back British rail and we need to start designing and building our own trains
Here's a prediction - split tickets will be stopped.
What does Labour's model look like in simple terms please
These big "plans" are nothing but bold empty statements to distract people from the areas they have consistently failed on, like social care and housing.
Yes it is a shame that England won't be following the example of Wales and Scotland in bringing back the rail operations in public ownership. But it is a step in the right direction. I guess the Tories are still wedded to the idea that private operators are more efficient which is rubbish.
They are tacitly conceding that the privatisation lash up has not worked.