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Author Topic: East Coast to be Nationalised....Again?  (Read 885 times)

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Re: East Coast to be Nationalised....Again?
« Reply #30 on: May 18, 2018, 03:01:15 pm »
I was listening to this on Radio 2 yesterday afternoon. According to some notable (arguably knowledgable) people, the only reason the franchise was let again in 2015 was ideology. Nothing else; the idea that private ownership was better than public ownership.

And here we are again, 3 years later back in public ownership. My only worry now is that Chris Grayling will appoint a bunch of numpties who no nothing about running a railway just to prove that private is better than public unlike last time when those who ran the ECML under public ownership actually knew what they were doing.

But that's my opinion. Go for it moderators.

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Re: East Coast to be Nationalised....Again?
« Reply #31 on: May 18, 2018, 04:14:49 pm »
Just  to be clear, the ECML has been in public ownership (or nationalised and run by an arms length organisation if you prefer) for many years. The government merely rents out the right to companies to run trains along it. In the case of the ECML the winning train operating companies offered to pay the government more than was wise for the right to run their trains along our publicly owned track.

All of the track, land, signals and stations of our national network are already in national ownership. Its only the running of trains (including advertising selling tickets and leasing trains) that is carried out by private companies.
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Re: East Coast to be Nationalised....Again?
« Reply #32 on: May 18, 2018, 08:30:44 pm »
I donít think anyone was really in doubt of that, thatís just really pedantic!

 

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