Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Why it's time to bring back British Rail
The government has refused to re-negotiate its contract with privateer transport company National Express and is to take the East Coast railway line into public ownership.
But rather than making this move the first step in the renationalisation of the entire network, Transport Minister Lord Adonis says that it is the Government's intention to tender for a new East Coast franchise operator from the end of 2010.
Why? What Adonis seems to want is a system where losses are nationalised and profits are privatised. Get the East Coast line back in profit and then flog it to Richard Branson or another privateer, seems to be the government's intention.
As taxpayers- and railway users- we shouldn't put up with this nonsense.
It's time to call an end to Britain's Great Train Robbery and pressurise the government to renationalise the entire railway network. If Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland and the rest of Europe can have publicly-owned railways why can't we?
If you are in agreement, then here's the pressure group for you.