Public railway, not run by business for dividend profit, ideally means income (except basic expenses) can be returned to system – allowing investment in upgrades.
The East Coast mainline is making a profit and shows that public ownership can work for the benefit of the people.
I have lived in Switzerland where the rail system is cheap, comprehensive and excellent. Our current rail system is emphatically not fit for purpose.
I’m sick and tired of not being able to afford cheap rail travel anymore.
Re-nationalise, but keep a limited role for the private sector in running some trains and ancillary services like catering.
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As a railway employee (just) government ownership will do none of what's been said here. If anything it will make things worse. The people who know how to do things properly are tied by budgets and targets from their employer. Under government ownership they will always take the cheapest option that will look good on PR brochures but won't last.
This is bad news for Scotland, will go the same road as Prestwick Airport , Ferry’s , Education , Police Scotland….
Unfortunately, we don't currently have a Scottish Government willing to do that. Indeed, it's just sanctioned a huge fare rise and services are being drastically cut next month.
I started my career with BR and 30 years later hopefully will be back working under BR again soon.
Proper investment - what does this mean? How much do you think is needed and where? What happens if the Government cannot afford to keep the standards up to expectations? Would they lose an Election over the issue?
Hoping they will now stock egg sandwiches on the buffet trolley
If we recall the lies 30 years ago from John Major and Transport Secretary John MacGregor that privatisation of British Rail will deliver improvements in services and lower fares.....!! Then the first laugh we had was the Stagecoach South West Trains fiasco. Everything wasn't moving so well after that.
Now the nats will use this for Free Rail Travel for under 25s to Bribe for more Votes
They couldn't run a toy train set never mind a country's rail service. Destination disaster.
What a pity Starmer won't commit to the same in England
This is how everything should be transported ,instead of by lorries that ruin the roads !
Back under the tories who privatised it in the first place...I'm lost for words 🤔
A giant disaster waiting to happen.! !
It took a very long time to realise the privatisation scam...
The trains in Wales have been in public ownership for about 5 years now.
Scot Rail was allready in public handsjust not the British public as Abello is part of the NS or Dutch state railways. As is Arriva of DB or the German railways.
Successive Labour governments haven’t done much.
A smokescreen, not real nationalisation
Shame they are running such old stock
Northen rail still a mess
A directly operated franchise is some way off public ownership, all the problems caused by the shambolic privatisation of BR will still exist !
This is a double edged sword. Bringing back the railways into public ownership is fine provided they stay in public ownership. What's actually happening here is that the govt is bailing out failed train franchise operators with taxpayers money. Once they're commercially viable I fear they'll be sold off again. Effectively we're privatising profit and nationalising losses at public expense.
Will the Scottish Government be buying the trains from the private leasing companies who own them?
RIP Scotrail. Everything the snp touches ends up a steaming pile of 💩
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