Patricia Steeden, Watford
The franchising and ticketing for privatised railways is ridiculous. Bring back British Rail which my father worked for many years.
Rob Clayton, Doncaster
Prices have soared. Can people earning less than 15 grand a year actually afford the train for a day out or weekend away. No chance It’s too expensive.
As rail passenger numbers grow and the calls for the reopening of closed lines increase, action must be taken!
Janine Gallagher, Huddersfield
We need to take back control of our railways, so we get cheaper rail fares and better service.
David Calvert, Skegness
Privatisation has been a disaster from the start. It was never the Government’s to sell in the first place. We the taxpayers owned it, not the politicians.
British Rail had its problems but it was a joined-up network. Since privatisation things are probably better if you want to go A to B but not A to B to C.
Can another government – Spain, France, Switzerland or Germany – run it next time and they have a better track record.
Debs Connors, Wirral
Bring back everything British to the people as the shareholders have taken enough.
Alan North, Spalding
As a retired British Rail Civil Engineer I will confirm that, with a direct labour workforce of BR employees right up to Chief Civil Engineers, we rocked.
Andree Rodriguez-Veglio, Daventry
It’s nonsense for fragmentation in so small a landmass. We all prefer train travel in a single network.
Colin Sutton, Ramsgate
The railways are for the people of the UK, not shareholders.
Mark McCabe, Glasgow
The railways should never have been privatised. It’s all about looking after shareholders and not passengers. Fares are ridiculously expensive and overcrowding worse.
Bill Hush, Edinburgh
If the East Coast rail line can positively contribute to the public purse why can’t others?
Valerie Coote, Salisbury
The service is so fragmented now, with everyone having their own little budget areas, that it’s no wonder that the investment in the railway itself is minimal.
Irina Ozerkina, London
Deliver good and affordable service so that everyone could benefit.
Neil Dexter, Worksop
Passenger safety is before profits. To have a transport infrastructure that puts profits before safety is beyond belief.
Doug Bate, Essex
I remember the old BR which was a lot better than the service we have now, as it’s very confusing (different tickets etc.) trains are late and more expensive.
Andrew Mclean-Reid, Sherfield
The railway is a service, not a business. It enables business, so should be viewed as a means to an end, not run as the end itself.
Kristina Taylor, Cardiff
Railways are an essential environmental way of travelling around the country, and the government should be encouraging rail travel. Re-nationalisation is the only way.
Angela Barker, Wigan
The railways should be run for the benefit of the community and not to make profit for shareholders and pay huge salaries to the directors.
Ann Ashby, Selby
Bring back a unified railway, then work towards a completely integrated public transport system, trains, buses and ferries.
Kevin Lycett, Leeds
I remember how dreadful British Rail was, run for the convenience of the staff, no customer care, and no investment, but even that is better than this awful mess.
Janet Longbottom, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
East Coast seems to have done marvellously in public hands.
Alastair Smith, Bingley
After 19 years of being informed that “we are getting there”, I see no improvement on the legacy of the British Railways Board in 1994. In fact a deterioration is evident.
Anne Elizabeth Plowman, Sheffield
Bring back British Rail.
John Self, Wissett
Labour’s John Prescott spoke of the idea before they were elected the first time. What happened? Labour caved in to city pressure is my guess. Let’s do it now.
Dimitrios Tsierkezou, Herts
It’s called British Rail not private rail. It should belong to the British public for the benefit of the British public, not for private investors to increase fares..
Pauline Allies, Maidenhead
The transport infrastructure should be owned by all of us so we can develop a coherent transport policy for the future.
Ian Henden, Fareham
A national asset, which is for every citizen’s benefit, should belong to the nation, aiming to break even.
Joe Stamper, Burton on Trent
Nationalisation to offer flexibility and protect rail travel at an affordable price for all.