Privatisation is a disaster. It is inefficient, ineffective, often provides a poor service, costly and disadvantages its workforce and passengers.
A national rail system needs to be restored. How Michael Portillo has the nerve to go on European rail journeys and extol the virtues of their systems.
When returning from mainland Europe by train, I am always embarrassed by the contrast, the high prices and tattiness of our un-nationalised railways compared to the SNCF.
At least, as a first step, bring back the BR brand within the franchise system, like with London Buses. The customer should only see BR, regardless of actual TOC.
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Privatizing has buggered up the electricity industry, the gas industry, the water industry and the waste disposal industry too. Some things should be considered a service and run to provide just that at an economic cost not a way of milking the end users.
I sympathise with their sentiments and agree for the most part. However I have seen far better written reports than this. I note with interest the total lack of integration across the public transport network, it is of course a universal truth, a result not just of operator competition, but of competing modes. The great shame in all of this is that once upon a time, all of the large and many of the smaller urban areas had their own bus or occasionally tram networks provided by the local authorities. They offered usually a high quality service tailored to local needs, Manchester (mentioned in the report) being a classic case.
The buses and trains need to be put back in public hands we at the moment subsidies them ever since the Tories sold them of so how can you tell me that they are private companys
As with everything else the Tory’s de- nationalised
Has the government's decarbonisation policy hit fever point?
but as it doesn't affect them, they don't care
......I was up in Edinburgh a couple of months ago. That parts of Britain's railways are publicity run, I noticed that this organisation keeps things moving more.