Provide a cost-effective, reliable, public transport service which is not driven by profit for shareholders.
Transport for the people. Allow us to travel safely and cheaply. Bring people back to quality coaches and infrastructure.
I’m an ex-BR permanent way worker, back in the days when we knew every inch of the track in our area.
It’s ridiculous how much money is wasted on subsidising the private rail sector. Privatisation always costs more.
It would be easy to re-nationalise services as the franchise comes up for renewal, giving rise to a gradual re-nationalisation of our network.
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5 days ago
On the day rail fares rise by a whopping 2.6%, we've launched a new online action with our friends at We Own It. Please take 2 minutes to write to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to demand he seizes this moment to end rail privatisation altogether.
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I thought it was the rail companies who imposed fare increases, not the gov.
By the time HS2 is finished no one will be able to afford to use it.
Even if you don't use the trains you are still paying for them out of your and my taxes. So if you want a rail service that is worth its money get it back into public ownership and gas, electric, water, and oil. Britain was great at one time.
Coverage of our action in The Canary: www.thecanary.co/uk/news/2021/03/01/campaigners-criticise-broken-privatised-system-as-rail-fares-...
Coverage in Left Foot Forward: leftfootforward.org/2021/03/rail-fares-rise-by-2-6-as-government-set-to-freeze-fuel-duty-for-10th...
So true werst thing they ever did just like they did when they closed a lot of the lines
Well us British Rail workers told everyone not to privatise the railway and everyone laughed at us, well now you’re paying !
it was the same under BR price rises and the same shit service ,except its worse under franchising
4 weeks ago
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.
Agreed Bring Back British Rail not individual companies
Debbie Jones one for Gwyn
Ciaran Watling xx
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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