Rail Privatisation is a failure

A majority of the travelling public (about 60%) would like to see the railways brought back under national control. The East Coast has been handed back by private enterprise three times. Directly Operated Railways, has shown that a nationalised railway company can not only provide an effective service, but can also contribute to the exchequer. Yet currently the Tory government are considering yet again handing out this franchise to private operating companies. Of course, our railways are already run by nationalised entities, not us but the French, German, Dutch and others. Why it is OK for them, but not for the UK to run our railways, only the Tories could believe.

Twenty-five years after the Tories began the process of privatising Britain's rail network, train fares in the UK are the most expensive in Europe. This year the biggest increase in rail fares for five years has come into effect. Ticket prices have risen by an average of 3.4%, with some commuters now spending up to five times as much of their salary on season tickets as people on the continent. Almost three quarters of Britons, 73%, say this increase is unfair.

In Hertford, the passenger rail link between Hertford and Stevenage will be broken because there will not be enough capacity in Stevenage for the Hertford trains for the foreseeable future. The replacement bus service will discourage rail users.

The promised upgrades to the rolling stock on this line are not due until next year,