Jean Gray, Whitstable
I travelled by steam train to school. It”s the best way to travel if only they were better organised.
Cristian Gurran, Rotherham
Free market capitalism is not the answer to everything and is certainly not the optimal solution to how a country should provide essential services to its population.
David Annand, Cupar
Just when East Coast was moving into profit it was stolen again.
Aimee Neat, London
Keep up the good work and let me know if you need volunteers.
Judy Pemberton, Prestatyn
Something like this needs to be under one umbrella to make sure things run smoothly and be sure that maintenance is properly carried out on a regular basis.
Alice Pearson, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Fallacy of competition improving service and reducing costs thoroughly falsified by our extortionate rail system.
Jane Hitchin, West Kirby
Privatisation hasn’t worked. Nationalise now.
Jody Clark, Grantham
Keeping the rail nationalised helps bring money in and provides better service. Privatisation doesn’t work. Capitalism only serves a few. Return to humanity.
Leonard Jones, Ellesmere Port
It should be run by people for the people not for the rich and greedy.
Jane Lennie, Shepshed
I never understood why taxpayers pay private rail operators to take passengers’ money, with no gain to the taxpayer.
Paul Harrop, Hull
Privatised railways put profit before passengers. The result is unreliable, expensive services which are less safe. Public ownership is the only cure for this disaster.
Catherine Davies, Richmond, Yorkshire
Please bring back the nation’s railways. We need to reach rural areas. People will volunteer to help get it back up and running.
Christina Poole, London
I think it’s disgusting that we are still paying high taxes for services that are slowly being sold off. The government is a joke.
Danny Carrington, Worthing
Bring back BR.
Jennifer Postlethwaite, Bewdley
Then we might have a suitable rail service near us.
Jamie Robertson, London
So we gave it a go and it failed us all. Bring back British Rail.
Jim Pryce, Asfordby
It should be back to government control. There are too many privateers and profit-seekers.
Alesia Harris, Woking
I’m a student and the prices of trains are extortionate, especially for cramped and delayed services. I often have to travel to London for fieldwork and it’s food or work.
Phil Round, St Helens
We need a model like the East Coast Mainline where money does not go to private shareholders.
Harry Bird, Sheffield
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Since moving back into public ownership the East Coast line is thriving once more. Nothing more needs saying really.
Andrea Fry, Huddersfield
The sooner the rail service is out of the hands of greedy shareholders, the better.
Stuart Anderson, Nuneaton
I believe in an integrated system that is owned by the government, not a fragmented railway.
John Keith, Appleby
We’re being subject to legalised robbery. HS2 will bring more of the same. Fat profits and a service priced for the rich or on expenses.
Graham Askew, Cambridge
Private profit never serves people.
Alan Hughes, Oxford
Re-nationalise British Rail.
Clive Nicks, York
I agree in principle to the railways being in public ownership. Credit must be given for improvements in frequency and quality of service, which we don’t want to lose.
Thomas Dunn, York
Please put rail users’ needs before greedy shareholders’ demands for profit. Other countries do.
Roger Jacob, Wrexham
In 1948 the Government of the day had to nationalise the railways to keep them operating. That time has returned.
Maureen Taft, Eastbourne
The free market has not worked, so let’s get back to what did.
Antony Johnston, Leeds
The success of East Coast since de-privatisation makes the point better than any rhetoric. Now do it for them all.