Christian Chess, Chippenham
A terrible idea to privatise in the first place. Please re-nationalise for the sake of the British people.
Zac Duncan, London
This is unfortunately all I’ve known (as a 27 year old). I cannot fathom how it could be more difficult than it is in this situation if it was nationalised.
Cameron Abbotts, Rochester
Working for a heritage railway I see why people want those trains and services back.
Graham Chadwick, Littleborough
The sooner the better.
Travel by rail is overly expensive, complicated, frustrating. The service is poor – trains are late on a daily basis – trains are dirty with toilets frequently overflowing.
Michael Bennett, Berwick-upon-Tweed
I applaud your efforts, but this can only happen with a socialist government.
Dave Bushell, Hawkhurst
East Coast making a profit? Enough said really.
Chris Jones, Letchworth
Despite massive investment our line still runs British Rail trains, built at public expense (313, 317). But at least the stations have hanging baskets now.
Mark Nicmanis, Cambridge
Privatisation of the rail service has been a disaster: overcrowded, unreliable, expensive. End this folly now.
Carl Spurling, Frodsham
The system at present, with so many companies, is too complicated, particularly when planning a cross country route. Fares are complicated and expensive. No one seems accountable.
Ruth Bennett, London
An affordable and reliable service, not for private profit.
Julie Sinclair, Nottingham
Hoorah and about time. Stop privatisation and greedy, profit-hungry shareholders and re-nationalise everything again.
Denise Murphy, St Albans
St Albans passengers never get a morning seat to London.
Geof Branch, London
Why don’t any of the politicians have the courage to do it? It’s so obvious.
Nigel Filer, Watford
Cost of 4 weekly oyster cards zone 1-9 is £320+. My rent with all bills included is £470. Travel costs are a disgrace.
Michael Fearn, Camborne
Privatisation has been a disaster for the public services and the culture that it has encouraged has lead to a cheapening of every aspect of our public life.
Christopher White, Bristol
Let’s show some courage and invest in public transport.
Naomi Brown, Southampton
Give the railways back to the public. Private ownership doesn’t work. It’s not a new idea and it can be done with next to no cost. What are they playing at?
Margaret Croson, Rutland
Everyone, including those in high places, knows it’s the right thing to do.
Steve Revins, Birmingham
Railway workers and users together to fight for our interests.
Jo Lawson, Nottingham
The experience of the East Coast line says it all. More profitable, more customer-focused, less about profit.
Thomas Meyrick, Dorset
Nice advert on the back of Private Eye.
Christine Gunby, Sheffield
Rail travel should be affordable to all and fares should be at a level to encourage people to abandon their cars and take the train. For the sake of the planet, please.
Mark Gough, Wakefield
Why privatise profits? East Coast mainline proves the point.
Kelvin Hanratty, Salford
Please bring it back to the people for the people, rather than for private profit. It’s not worked and never will work. We demand redress and an affordable price structure.
Paul Foster, Hartlepool
One boss, one set of rules and strategy.
Paul Rowan, London
We are paying more in subsidies to the private companies than we were under the old British Rail. This makes no sense as privatisation was supposed to stop subsidies.
William Quick, Bristol
Privatisation has channelled public funds into private hands and left us with one of the most expensive and least efficient railways. We must renationalise now.
Margaret Whitehead, Northallerton
Government is subsidising railways more now than with BR and that money keeps shareholders happy. Stupid.
Neil Sheehan, Merseyside
I’m a former rail commuter but I still want to see the return to a nationalised rail industry.