Howard Gough, Wakefield
Privatisation does not create competition; it creates monopolies.
David Ashton, Hitchin
A well-run public transport system is an essential part of a sustainable society. A properly-funded, publicly owned rail system a key element, less expensive than private.
David Hill, Crewe
It’s criminal what happened and continues to happen to the railway.
Paul Hardman, Manchester
But not the BR sandwiches.
Anthony Levchenko-Scott, Palmerston North
I want BR back.
Josh Welby, London
Bring back British Rail. Now With Investment and reopening closed lines.
Janis Bradshaw, Wolverhampton
A national rail system run efficiently for the convenience of the people, not for the profit and benefit of the few.
Ray Waterman, Sheerness
Follow that with the Post Office.
Janet Forsyth, Edinburgh
Bring back joined-up railways and joined-up thinking on public transport.
Evan Tatnall, St. Andrews
The fact of the matter is that only ScotRail will now service the Leuchars station, instead of East Coast which will stop most direct long haul journeys from Leuchars.
Diana Defries, Cheshunt
A unified and affordable rail system, owned by this country, would transform public transport and make it far more user-friendly.
Tony Whitfield, Preston
Re-nationalise the railways.
Tom Constable, Caithness
We’re passengers, not customers and we need one good service, not a wasteful bunch of businesses.
Ed Willey, Ware
Privatisation pushes up fares and reduces services, hitting the worst-off and the young hardest. For many the railways are their connection to their livelihoods.
Arwen Nicholson, Cambridge
The fares are ridiculous and unfair. Rail travel is far more environmentally friendly than car driving and should be affordable for all.
Cecilia Marshall, Salisbury
Privatisation benefits no-one except the shareholders who probably always travel by chauffeured car.
Alan Rimmer, Fleetwood
Rip-off Britain. See it by rail, if only you could afford to.
Tom Pitman, Cardiff
The service is run for private profit. The transport system is vital for environmental purposes as well as the needs of the public.
Betsy Barker, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Yes, get rid of private rail companies.
Dale Shanley, Bristol
First are extortionate.
Clive Gehle, London
As commuters we get no advantages from private companies running trains (badly). Labour should commit to the re-nationalisation of the railways as they had the vision in 1948.
Ronald Branton, York
This is a very important issue and we must return our railways to public ownership.
Philip Thomson, Dalry
For a stronger economy and a fairer society, bring it back.
Rod Anderson, London
Just look at East Coast mainline.
Jack Plumb, Colchester
Progress hasn’t been made with privatisation, just big mistakes like the Virgin franchise. BR was when we had and are going to get real progress.
All the train companies employ an army of people whose sole purpose is to argue about the attribution of delays – not to improve performance, just to save money.
Peter Critchley, St Helens
The railways are a public good and should be run as such.
Ian Clark, Northampton
Former apprentice with BRML.
Annie Thompson, Portsmouth
Stop the theft.
Jacob Colclough, Stoke-on-Trent
There was more efficient running of trains back then and there were proper locomotives.