Pete Rose, Bristol
If the primary aim of private companies is profit for shareholders, think how much we could invest in rail infrastructure if these were taken out of the equation.
Dennis Brickles, Harrogate
The East Coast line has shown the way. It is time for politicians to listen and think again.
Margaret Green, Glasgow
The rash of privatisations which started in the 1980s has impoverished many people and failed to deliver good, or even adequate, services for all.
Jennifer Andrew, Bicester
British rail should be British Rail.
Ewart Fitzgerald, Sittingbourne
Reduce fares and stop taxpayers and passengers lining the pockets of the owners of train operating companies.
A J Allan, East Lothian
This debacle has been going on for too long, let’s make a change.
Nigel Rush, Llanelli
It is high time.
Frank Smith, West Bromwich
There are certain services that should be run on a not-for-profit basis because people rely on them, e.g. water, gas, electricity and transport.
Simon Canfer, Swindon
I want a rail service that I can afford to use please.
Ann Scott, Birmingham
Anything would be an improvement and one single operation would make booking easier. People not profits should be the top priority for such services.
Alan Marshall, Boston
God protect us. Have you ever tried to buy a ticket via the Indian telephone No? It’s a nightmare.
Alison Broadley, Bedworth
I would like to travel long distances and know connecting trains will be waiting for me.
Simon Evans, Leicester
it’s time to end the chaos brought about by privatisation.
Charles Billette, Vlastislav, Cz
I left my native Britain because of Thatcher’s lunatic policies. Destroying the railway system was just one of these. Here you can travel 60 miles for £9.50 return.
Ian Smith, Chippenham
I believe in the railways but not in the way they are run for fat controllers and shareholders. It’s a vital utility, unlike the motor car.
Marc Sutton, Derby
Privatisation has been a disaster for the taxpayer and rail passengers. It’s a costly and inefficient mistake that needs rectifying.
Danielle O’Hara, Lancashire
We have had enough. Fix this now!
Lesley Hall, Westbury
Privatisation is not the solution. Better investment is.
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.
Colin Naisbitt, Stockton-on-Tees
Please re-nationalise the railways.
John Carlson, South Shields
I’m sick of expensive fares and low service.
Chris Mills, Ipswich
All East Anglian train licensees have been a dirty, late, packed-trains nightmare for years. Re-nationalisation is the only answer, and re-open branch lines.
Edward Niven, Dundee
It would be great to see the return of a great travel organisation..
Neil Redfern, Heswall
Bring back BR. Reverse the Beeching cuts.
Honor Melissa Hieatt, Colchester
Bring back British Rail.
Maureen Parnell, Edinburgh
Please re-nationalise all the other railways and keep the East Coast public. The evidence is clear. It is so much better than the others.
Diana Reddaway, Welwyn Garden City
Public transport should belong to the public, not to money-grabbing shareholders.
Katie Daley-Yates, Bristol
Krien Scarfe, Rayleigh
I just hate the way I subsidise the European state-owned railways through their owning our train operating companies and keeping the profits.
Peter Henderson, Worthing.
We need to combine modern-day quality of trains with BR style joined-up service, punctuality and value for money.