The public railways should never have been sold off. It equates to theft from the public, asset stripping to support the profligacy of the Right.
British Rail – the clue is in the name. Network Rail and the private rail companies should be under one organisation.
Privatisation means higher fares, huge profits, bonuses and a reduced workforce.
National infrastructure, like railways, with no competitive market, deserves to be in public ownership.
Trains are more environmentally friendly than planes. Cut train fares and make them more efficient by uniting the service. Bring back British Rail.
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The Scottish Government has just 24 days left to decide whether to continue to bail out Dutch state-owned company Abellio or #MakeScotRailPublic now! 🚆 Support the campaign 👉 you.38degrees.org.uk/p/publicrailwayscotlandCoalition of organisations and MSPs call for public ownership of Scotland’s railway from January 2021
A coalition of organisations and MSPs have today joined together to write to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to call for the Scottish Government to take Scotland’s rail passenger services into public ownership from January 2021, when the Scotrail and Caledonian Sleeper Covid Emergency Measures Agreements expire in just 24 days time.
The letter is signed by 14 organisations representing Scotland’s rail workers, passengers, disabled people, pensioners, environmentalists, civil society and 20 cross-party MSPs.
The signatories highlight that the Covid-19 pandemic has created ‘substantial and unprecedented challenges’ for Scotland’s railway, and that the Scottish Government has provided significant funding for the operators during this period. Yet, despite this support from the Scottish taxpayer, the private operators Abellio Scotrail and Serco Caledonian Sleeper ‘still stand to profit from Scotland’s railway through being paid a fee for operating services’.
The letter therefore goes on to say:
“Appointing a public operator in the New Year would provide greater stability and resilience for Scotland’s railways. It would also end profiteering and provide greater value for money for taxpayers and passengers by ensuring all funds are reinvested into creating an improved and more affordable railway that can play a greater role in connecting communities and reducing carbon emissions.” ...
If its infrastructure it should be owned and ran by the country, not by a foreign company being backed by foreign governments like EDF.
Must confess I really don't think it would make much difference at present. Now, if Scotland actually had a reasonably progressive government that was actually acting on things like climate change, rather than paying lip service to them, it would be a different matter.
State-run with private investment is best. And a properly-managed, fully-integrated public transport system, which other countries have, would be superb.
Why should we bail them out !
Go Scotland and set an example for the rest of Britain.
they'll get bailed out course they will and just go bust later down the line but i bet the executives all get a massive bonus/pay out when it does and thats that
The covid pandemic has in the UK ended the franchies system early it was faling to attract bidders becouse many of the easey qnd quick ways private companys would strip out a proffit from a railway have been done many franchise face stagnent or sturated passangers numbers so no proffet through a regulated fair box or increasing usage which would requir big investment ........ So the new world will and should see the tax payer through regonal goverments pay managment companys a set fee +performance some may decide to take direct controle in europe the open/private opperators are on longer contracts but with the local taxpayer haveing strong powers and set breakes or reviews of contract One lesson for scotland would be to own or own the lease on the rolling stock this has given many city and local powers in germany the upper hand in controlling contracts ......
It should work like it was in the BR Sectorisation era.
Nicola will keep bailing out the dutch, she needs to suck up to the europeans ,so dont get your hopes up
It's a Dutch state owned company let the the Dutch government sort it out, If they don't they lose their operating franchise and goes back into Scottish public ownership at no cost.