The rail services should be centrally owned and prices standardised. The British rail services should never be owned by another country. Eurostar could be joint owner.
Privatisation is a disaster. It is inefficient, ineffective, often provides a poor service, costly and disadvantages its workforce and passengers.
May the flees of a thousand camels infest the Tory collective anus.
Terrible idea when they did it, and even worse now.
It is high time to end the farce of pretending that rail privatisation has offered any improvements. It has been an expensive, dogma-driven, organisational shambles.
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This evening the Virgin Trains brand finally disappears from our railways as its contract running our West Coast Main Line ends... Good riddance! But with a PR campaign like this, we doubt Avanti West Coast will be much better. It's time to end the farce of rail franchising and Bring Back British Rail! Join our campaign: bringbackbritishrail.org ...
Does that include the north Wales coast to Holyhead
Firstly, I'm a big supporter of nationalising the railways again. However, as a regular West Coast mainline user with Virgin over the last 22 years I have to admit a twinge of sadness at them losing the franchise. I've rarely had anything other than very good or excellent service from the brand. The trains were modern and clean. Food was acceptably priced and a decent offering and the staff were almost always super friendly. The quote in the BBC coverage by a rail expert captures it perfectly when it says that Virgin brought a "sense of panache" to the railway. In fact, such was the reputation of Virgin that people were often quite excited at a prospect of a journey with them by comparison to any of the other operators.
They’re not ‘creating a railway’ as the video might suggest. There’s a different name on the train crew payslips and that’s about it. Will they employ an Italian solution to getting the trains to run on time? 🧐
An article in the present issue of Railway Magazine would make me suggest that Branson was much too optimistic.
Part owned by the Italian state railway. That's nice!
Goodbye Virgin who have served me well as a regular long distance commuter for five years between 2010 and 2015, and subsequently. Avanti have a hard act to follow in my humble opinion. Were we to re-nationalise train operations (and none would be happier for this to happen than myself) then I hope we reap from the lessons learned from the Virgin operation. The customer service from on train staff was good to excellent. Punctuality in my experience was better than most having commuted from Birmingham to London with them for a five year period on a daily basis. And pricing was good but relied on the ability to plan in advance to get a good price. Not always possible but Virgin were not unique in this respect.
OK, so you want Boris Johnson running the railways?
Hopefully the talking toilets will be destroyed
Made me feel a bit sick.
the BBC seems to think that Virgin bought all the new rolling stock instead of just leasing it. :-p
Pity Virgin felt they could bypass pension agreements and refused to pay into the pot for all staff. This props up the pensions for staff on the less lucrative lines, the cornerstone of the BR pension scheme. Good riddance to bad rubbish. BBBR
I remember standing on the platform at Coventry station in March 1997 and hearing the announcement that the train that will be taking me was a Virgin train, I thought I'd misheard until the train rolled in with the Greedy tax dodgers name plastered all over it. It is very comforting to know today nearly 23 years later he no longer has his greedy mitts on another asset that he can bleed dry. I'll be raising a glass this evening.
Meanwhile elsewhere the two-car trains packed to the gun'ls, totter and groan their way along whilst 35 MILES of sidings are full of off-lease trains. Well why lease more when you can jam all your 'customers' in a couple old two-cars? Recent trip Yeovil to Bristol was the usual bundle of laughs... NOT!
Getting rid of anything associated with Branson is a huge positive.
Never travelled on West coast but was a regular on East coast and it's a damn site better since virgin lost it .
How many commentators here actually travel regularly by train ? 🤔
What a load of PR guff
Same shit different colour.
Problem with the rancid toilet and chemical smell was because the dumb arse who designed the trains thought positioning the exhaust pipe next to the latrine tank was a good idea.
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If this goes ahead, I hope the reincarnated BR is much better than the old one.
Absolutely- but with much improvement from BR!
Couldn’t be worse than what we have now, ..and it was cheaper, the food was affordable, ... I liked the 🥪 ... or is it nostalgia? , it seemed much better 20/30 years ago.. 😐
Private Rail has cost the Taxpayer Billions in subsidies. It is subsidised much more than BR ever was, and I wont even start on Taxpayer Bailouts.
Yes,but not the buffet car sandwiches…..
The tories stole it from us didn't they!
Why is the logo backwards? Am I missing something?
God i hope not
Oh yes, but all the private companies that run our fragmented over-priced, over-crowded rail network may have to look elsewhere for their profiteering...what a shame !
Never going to happen - rail is a devolved matter in Scotland.
And lose 100S of millions every year
Bring it on labour
Why are the arrows facing the wrong way ????
I worked for Sealink they are designed to be seen on both sides of the funnel as shipping channels are on the right as opposed to railways. Sealink staff were very proud of that.
Patience, a virtue essential to all public transport passengers! We'll get British Rail back once we have a Government that works for the public good.
Only if they bring back the 'Treacle Tea'. That was gorgeous. Like thick syrup in a paper cup. Needed an electric whisk to stir the sugar in it. :)
All right but promise not to bring back the sandwiches.
I see the waged tory trolls are on here too🤣
We don’t have to bring back the sandwiches , do we?
Vote Labour and it’s within reach
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Check out this display from the Museum of Neoliberalism, showing all our country's rail franchises now run by different foreign governments. Time to Bring Back British Rail! Join our campaign at: bringbackbritishrail.orgPrivatised UK train operators owned - in full or in part- by foreign governments. A display from the Museum of Neoliberalism, which we're crowdfunding on Indiegogo in order to open it in London next month. 11 days left and we're at 34% of our goal 😬. Still a way to go! There's a bunch of rewards for backers so please check it out: www.indiegogo.com/projects/museum-of-neoliberalism#/
Neoliberal theory presumes that the state should not intervene in or direct the free operation of markets. Yet in reality when new ‘free’ markets are created, they find themselves at key points subsidised, maintained, propped up or bailed out by national states. The display above shows which foreign states own significant amounts of British rail services since they were privatised.
In effect, since privatisation, our expensive but underinvested rail networks subsidise more efficient and cheaper public train services around Europe.
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Forgot to say, a lot of this was done before the last Labour government came into power and they just sat on their arses.
Whilst Keolis is majority owned by SNCF (French State) the other partner in Transport for Wales is Amey which is owned by Ferrovial S A who are a Spanish infrastructure and transport company. Still a sell out mind...
An absolute national disgrace thanks to the greed and irresponsibility of the Tories. WE should own it😡
Absolutely ridiculous that the taxpayer subsidises rail travel for other countries state-owned railways to make a profit. Complete madness! If there is room for profit, then it should be used to lower ticket prices and improve quality of service
This is totally unacceptable that we cannot have a state ran railway but other EEC countries do and take massive UK tax handouts to run their own state railways. This is another EU tax on the UK.
Oh dear oh dear no train operator/franchisee owns the their part of the rail, they have a licence to run the trains for the area... trains are leased by ROSCOs/finance companies and the DfT has the ultimate say what can be done or not.
Our railways, whoever runs them, are still better than those in the US. My American friends told me that but I didn't believe them till I tried them for myself. As for 'dinner in the diner, nothing could be finer than to have your ham and eggs, etc' oh no...terrible food on AMTRAK...we had an inedible chicken burger on our way to Chicago, and we joke about British rail sandwiches! Our local station provides free bottled water during the summer months and we have book exchange shelves.
We have literally sold ourselves off. This is just one aspect and it has happened in many other industries.
Very odd - I thought the Tories were patriots and didn’t like Europe? Oh yes of course, they’re hypocrites...silly me! They’d rather another country ran our railways instead of this country running them as public services. The organisations mentioned are all publicly-owned in their countries of origin. How does that work? They must consider us a laughing stock. 🐀
Tory privatisation in the 1980s was accompanied by the statement that to compete in the world we had to follow EU rules by privatising assets, as apparently the EU wouldn’t let State owned organisations compete abroad. Hence selling our assets off. Which proved a) they lied about the EU, and b) we got well screwed by the Tories. Again, and again, and again......
At least they are state-owned, unlike e.g. VTWC.
Yet people think Brexit will "bring back control". The EU was never the problem, privitisation is!
Well, that's one way of sort-of staying nationalized and in the EU...
Let's make Britain British again, and take Britain's transport into public ownership and all the rest that have been privatised!!
This is so so wrong if when we get out EÚ the government need to take back our railways , as we paying for other countries get cheap train travel ..
No need to list LNR and WMT as two different franchises, it’s one franchise with two different “brands”. WMT being the franchise with LNR & WMR as the brands. Oh and Stansted Express doesn’t need to be listed either as it’s part of the GA franchise.
My dad worked for BR back in the day. Im so glad he is not here to see this, it would have killed him. Just mortifying. Time to renationalise once and for all.
Pan-European public rail now!
Who owns Great Western? They're not on the list
Are we the only country with privatised rail?
Nationalisation is fine with everyone else!
WE want our country back. lest own our own railways again
Did no one want Southeastern?
Put it back to BR, Build loco again, create jobs, get rid of all the money grubbing franchisees.
I blame the EU they made our government sell off the railways. L o l