Martin Rawson, Derby
East Coast Mainline proves it can be done. High quality service run for passengers not shareholders’ profit.
Ken Phillips, Chorley
End the madness of rail privatisation now.
Lee Gibson, Lincoln
It’s time this fiasco was ended and the country’s backbone run at cost to make us a world leader.
William Eldred, Peterborough
It makes sense.
Aaron Bliss, Oxfordshire
One of the very worst privatisations. It makes no economic sense from either side of the political divide. Make public transport something to be proud of again.
Robin Wilde, Kegworth
Trains are the only way I’ll be able to see my girlfriend for the next three years – but I’d rather not pay through the nose.
Lynda Matthews, Liverpool
It wasn’t the government’s to privatise in the first place. It needs to go back to being nationalised.
Penny Thornton, Storrington
Time to stop blanket privatisation of public services, including transport.
Shaun Hall, Halstead
Since privatisation, about the only thing which I can see which has improved is the coffee. Trains are still late, overcrowded and staggeringly expensive.
Dave Devaney, Liverpool
Please re-nationalise our railway lines.
Mike Powell, Seascale
I fully agree with the concept of an integrated public service. British Rail – HST, East and West Coast Electrification, so many successes.
Jason Pickering, Stranraer
I have fond memories of British Rail in the early 1980’s when my mother used to take me to London on days out. We used to travel from Bristol to London.
Bill Pearson, Houghton-le-Spring
If it’s running well and at a profit why oh why privatise it again?
Mauro Bonventre, Didcot
BR all the way for me, just because it should be a national institution for the people of Britain and not for profit even though I am a pro business person.
Stephen Redfern, Sheffield
Let’s get a bit of pride back into the country.
James Mackay, Glasgow
Give it back: you’ve mucked it up.
Anne Roberts, Brodick
I agree with all previous sentiments.
Polly Thomas, Sheerness
If there’s more than one travelling it’s cheaper by car.
Nikki Wood, Todmorden
Trains for the people not for profit.
Jennifer Craig, Fredensborg, Denmark
A UK citizen living temporarily in Denmark, aware of the benefits of state-owned railways and a joined-up system. See DSB and Rejseplanen – Britain needs the same.
Jean Wanless, Glasgow
Railways should be nationalised, upgraded and provide cheap alternative travel to take as much traffic off the roads as possible.
Barbara Alexander, Bude
Bring back our railway – under public ownership.
John A K Davies, Haverfordwest
It is galling to learn that privatised Arriva Trains Wales is owned by Germany’s state railways.
John Parr, Fakenham
I rarely use rail travel because I find it chaotic and expensive. I wouldn’t mind that so much if it was good old British Railways muddling through.
David B Jackson, Lincoln
It’s supposed to be private but gets billions from us the taxpayers.
Nicholas Ghost, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
We urgently need to bring back a nationalised network to run our railways. We need to cut the private companies and their greed-orientated objectives.
Dei Matheson, Kyle of Lochalsh
Under nationalisation trains mainly ran on time, journeys were uncomplicated and fares affordable. Now vast profits are used for high salaries and bonuses and not re-invested.
John Raine, Leeds
Essential services such as the railways should be run for the benefit of the public, not for private profit. Privatisation has proved to be a disaster.
Marilyn Tsiorvas, Sheffield
The current situation of private companies is chaotic and inefficient for customers and increasingly impoverishing for us and enriching for the shareholders.
Timothy Bell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
The time has come for us to return to a joined-up rail system.