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When Jimmy Krankie gets you independence you can pay for it yourselves
I thought the Scottish parliament didn´t have the legal right to nationalise companies.
Its a no brained.
with its record on island Ferries don't hold your breath...
Are you really sure you want to be doing that?
The snp screw up everything they touch.
Just look at their attempt at building ferries.
One afloat and rusting away with painted on windows, the other just a pile of scrap on a slipway, and the bill sitting at 300% of the original build cost.
Where would the money come from?
Anything that hurts Abellio is fine with me.
Not just the rail...make the whole of Scotland a separate country in its own right. Different currency, their own defence, their own GDP and let's see if they can afford to join NATO!
Scotland is probably going to NEED to own its rail network come independence, so...
Public-Private Partnerships ALWAYS swindle the people.
If you think the railways are shit now, you didn't live in the 1970s. In fact you have no concept of Shit Rail at all if you think handing over the railways to the unions is a good idea.
Other countries have successful transport networks that are owned by the state. Britain's privatised rail network has not been a success and Railtrack was a disaster so despite the shortcomings of the previous British Rail, a new publicly owned railway for Britain is the way forward so let Scotland lead by example. Rail subsidies doubled overnight with Major's fragmented rail scheme and fares have gone sky high.
Seeing as the idiot SNP thought awarding the contract made sense. It’s unlikely they will do anything sensible now
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.
Dread to think unaffordable with hs2 copsts though and still running lines around the north at 33MPH
The late Peter Parker made a good joke about privatisation at the time: "There is good news and bad news. The good news is that there are now only 20 people in the country who think rail privatisation is a good idea. The bad news is, it's the Cabinet."
Now we need to fire the grossly overpaid union-busting scum CEOs and board members of the privatised train companies, useless good-for-nothing human rubbish. It'll be good to see them scrambling for private school fees for their upwardly-mobile (in the past) sprogs.
Should supermarkets be nationalised
Agreed, but when, oh when can we say good riddance to The Guardian?
The only real nationalised service would be with a Democratic Socialist Labour Party
The Tories always bail out private companies when they fail overall due to societil reasons, they pump vast amounts of public money in for a few years and make them plump and fat, and sell them back cheap to the market.
What comes next? Under this government they will wait until its profitable again and franchise it back to their mates, obviously.
Glasgow to London = £100. London to Southern France including Eurotunnel =£80. Wtf?
Bloody Thatcher, ---- Should have left well alone .
How much money has been wasted over this time ???
Profiteering while the service got worse and worse - with franchisees- being repeatedly bailed out by successive governments !
Just think what that money would have given us if invested in upgrading railways!
Same with every public utility asset sold off 🤬
Who keeps voting for the parasitical tories ???
Country will be completely destroyed after this term 🤬
All post war gains to improve lives fir everyone gone - brexit will be the final nail-in the coffin !
I always found the cheery talking toilets on those Virgin Trains slightly insulting too. Like "we've taken all your money for our shitty sewer smelling trains, now your not even allowed to have a crap in peace"
Bring Back British Rail 1950s style
Since the government likes to make a song and dance of its patriotic credentials, how about a new system with a suitably patriotic name, like say "British Railways"?
Yes give it to your mates who ruin private service companies....you know it makes sense..... Full your boots in dividends. NOT!
Should never had been franchised in the first place
Probably be given to Serco in one piece so they can overcharge and mishandle it like everything else!
But we were told it would be a big success. I wonder who told us that?
It'll just get even more monopolised privitised. British rail provided by g4s. Atleast there is currently a veneer of competition.
I heard that it's been offered to Dido Harding and a fellow Matt Hancock know from down his local pub, apparently they're gonna job share.
An unfranchised system, obviously...
Greed leads to a desert.
Passenger numbers didn’t start increasing at privatisation: they were already on the up following the reorganisation of BR into sectors (Inter-city, Network Southeast, Cross Country, etc). Moreover BR required far less subsidy than the private operators.
Trains where you can get a decent breakfast again?
fir now but soon as this charade is over it'll go back into the hands of pirates and crooks and back to running 1 train an hour with one carriage on the liverpool warrington manchester line
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