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Northern: Rail firm brought under government control

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter


    "Troubled rail company Northern is to be brought under government control.

    The decision, which will see the firm's franchise stripped from operator Arriva Rail North from 1 March, was taken following years of major disruption.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said passengers had "lost trust in the north's rail network"."



    "South Western Railway was also hit by the news that the government has started proceedings to potentially take it back into public control last week."

    This privatisation fiasco has worked out really well, ain't it? Will the Tories now agree it was an idiotic mistake?
  2. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    Well, I have thought there was little difference between the parties for some time, but surely Boris hasn't become a socialist? Jeremy wants to re-nationalise all the things the Tories sold off years ago. Is he trying to get power by stealth?
    But yes, @Duke of York it was always a hideous mistake.
    ajrowing likes this.
  3. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    Considering a good deal of its underperformance is due to a nationalised company (Network Rail)......
  4. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    Didn’t Network rail replace Railtrack after it had gone into administration. Railtracks safety record had been called into question with a number of issues culminating in the Hatfield crash.
    I believe that some of the problems came from having ‘let go” the (costly?) experienced rail engineers after privatisation.
    Jamvic likes this.
  5. colacao17

    colacao17 Occasional commenter

    Nationalise the failing ones, keep the profitable ones in private hands.

    It's the debt that trickles down.
    chelsea2 and Jamvic like this.
  6. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter


    "The Hatfield train crash on 17 October 2000 was a defining moment in the collapse of Railtrack. The immediate major repairs undertaken across the whole British railway network were estimated to have cost in the order of £580 million and Railtrack had no idea how many more 'Hatfields' were waiting to happen because it had lost considerable in-house engineering skill following the sale or closure of many of the engineering and maintenance functions of British Rail to external companies; nor did the company have any way of assessing the consequence of the speed restrictions it was ordering, which all but brought the railway network to a standstill."
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