I retired after 39 years. I’ve mixed feelings. I joined British Rail but retired when my employer was GNER and was very happy with the package and a wonderful retirement party.
No other country ever divided their nationally-owned railway into so many disparate pieces to create the most expensive system in the world.
Major should never have done this. A lot of the companies are just out to make big salaries for themselves and aren’t bothered about giving a good service to the country.
The Conservative government of John Major in 1992 did not have a mandate to privatise the railway. Tories are undemocratic.
I recently returned to Britain after a decade of living abroad and was flabbergasted at what commuters are paying for train transport.
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Heavens help us The snp couldn't run a raffle, education failure, NHS failure, ferries laughing stock, Prestwick disaster, a bridge that can't be open in cold weather, the list is endless
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 how everything should be transported ,instead of by lorries that ruin the roads !
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.
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.
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?
This is bad news for Scotland, will go the same road as Prestwick Airport , Ferry’s , Education , Police Scotland….
Hoping they will now stock egg sandwiches on the buffet trolley
Now the nats will youse this for Free Rail Travel for under 25s to Bribe for more Votes
A giant disaster waiting to happen.! !
I bet Govia isn't renationalised, in spite of constant failures.
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.
What a pity Starmer won't commit to the same in England
They couldn't run a toy train set never mind a country's rail service. Destination disaster.
I started my career with BR and 30 years later hopefully will be back working under BR again soon.
Back under the tories who privatised it in the first place...I'm lost for words 🤔
It took a very long time to realise the privatisation scam...
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.
RIP Scotrail. Everything the snp touches ends up a steaming pile of 💩