It’s time we got back to basics. One network with a commitment to providing an efficient service without the need to rip off the passengers. Bring back British Rail.
Switzerland has the finest all-round transport system in the world. Trams, buses and rail, all publicly owned.
Stop pouring public money into private hands. Run the railways for the people, not profit for a few.
It would be great to get rid of the mess we’ve got now, and have a unified service again.
Not a panacea, but widely supported and surely better than the current mess.
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Today we celebrate the Transport for Wales Rail franchise being brought back into public ownership by the Welsh Government after 25 years of failed privatisation 🚉✊ Why don't The Scottish Government and the UK government learn from their example? Stop the bailouts to failing private companies 💷💸 It's time to #TakeBackOurTrains! ...
I can answer that, easily... It's because the central government gets these things called "political financial donations" from people like Sir Richard Branson who own the companies that get the public transport franchises. And these "donations" are not officially linked to a contingency of "I give you this money, you give me an advantageous business opportunity" as that would be "bribery" which is a criminal act... So nobody openly say what the donations are for or why certain people get the government issued contracts, but we all know what's up!
FFS, dont let the SNP near the Scottish trains, every thing they go near ends up a disaster.
Debbie Jones one for Gwyn
Ciaran Watling xx
Shug Cumming Liam Tansey Craig Robertson
It's the Wales and Borders franchise. This highlights the undemocratic nature of the UK. Why should the Welsh Assembly have control over many services that run mostly through England, (Hereford to Manchester, Liverpool to Chester etc) who have no electoral means to influence rail policy, it was not acceptable for the situation to be reversed so why is this okay? Last year had Welsh MPs voting on England only legislation again, which is utterly corrupt. Time the UK broke up into it's 4 nations, or an English parliament led railway is set up.
They made a right bollocks of it though
All monopolies should be in public ownership because they only serve to exploit people when in private ownership. Necessity of services demands that the public sector run it for the public and serve everyone. Services include train, busses, gas, electric, water, post office and telecommunications.
Delighted that Wales has taken back control of the railways which serve us in the Welsh Borders as well.
Welsh government can’t organise a piss up in a brewery
Time they brought it all back in the public sector, the only people it benefits is the rich investors who care little for the public, what next, gas, electric, post office, the list is endless !!
When the ECML franchise was briefly back under public control things started to improve but the Tories have to see a profit being made and it has to go into a private pocket.
'Wales & Borders rail franchise taken into public ownership' Here's the Railway Gazette International's coverage www.railwaygazette.com/wales-and-borders-rail-franchise-taken-into-public-ownership/58456.article
8 years living in maesteg and working in Cardiff. Used arriva every single day. What a pile of crap that company was!
Mae hynny'n newyddion gwych... Dim mwy o breifatisation ConSelfServaTory
Great news, now get on with it for the rest of the UK.
The myth of competition in public services. We see it not only in transport, but in education and many other sectors. Unnecessary.
Economy of scale, one single management structure no shareholders
Well done Wales!
I’d like to see the Intercity Swallow livery back on all intercity trains in the country (including the sleepers) and bring back restaurant cars too.
Arriva we're really good though
Can't be any worse than the customer service under Arriva, eh Anthony AntDav? 🗝
How does this work for trains covered by the franchise that run in England? I am fully behind nationalised railways, but wonder how the Welsh government can have authority over trains that run in England?
The private monopolies are excellent at extracting money from their customers whether it be trains,electricity or water etc but hopeless at running the services because they are just not interested at all
Too many politicians on their pay roll☹️