Bring them back into public ownership - Gazette readers have their say on the future of our railways

The majority of Gazette readers believe our railways should be brought back into public ownership.

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 10:09 pm
We asked if readers thought the railways should be brought back into public ownership.

We asked for your views on the future of the network as protests were held against the annual increase in fares, which new research suggested the cost has risen twice as fast as wages during the last decade.

Of the 555 votes cast at the time of writing, 88% said they backed the idea the network should be brought back into public ownership.

Some shared tips on how to find cheaper tickets as they voiced frustration at the cost of some fares, with alternative transport prefered to help keep down costs.

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Others asked if bringing them back into public ownership would result in a drop in fares.

Graham Scaife said: “Not only the railways but electricity, gas and water prices have all risen ridiculously since being privatised.

“Of cause putting them back into public ownership would reduce the fares/bills.

“No shareholders to pay dividends to for a start.”

Pete Snowdon asked: “How much do people think rail fares will go up under public ownership?

“The drivers and workers will still want above inflation rates of wage increases or they will go on strike.

“The cost to run, purchase, repair, maintain services will not decrease...perhaps everyone thinks that the Labour money trees will help.”

Sidney Stromberg wrote: “Quoted £243 for two people return from Newcastle to Edinburgh.

“It was way way cheaper to take the car. Absolute joke.”