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Railmen plead: ‘Save our railways’

June 18, 2013

RMT McNulty protest Eastleigh

Railmen worried about the future of Britain’s railways have urged Eastleigh commuters to write to the town’s MP and demand the return of British Rail.

According to the recently published McNulty report, – an independent report sponsored by the Department of Transport and the office of rail regulation – rail services in the UK are 30% less efficient than their European counterparts and concludes an annual £1 billion worth of cost savings will have to be found.

As part of regional campaign, Wessex RMT members staged a demonstration outside Eastleigh Station (June 11) and handed out fake tickets to passengers warning that ‘higher fares and service cuts’ would be  ‘coming soon’ as private rail operators slashed their costs.

RMT ticket

RMT regional organiser Mick Tosh told Eastleigh News that railways should be about “service not about greed” and asked the town’s commuters to write to the railway town’s MP, Mike Thornton, to demand that the railways  are re-nationalised.

Mick Tosh Wessex RMT Regional organiser from Eastleigh News on Vimeo.

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3 Responses to Railmen plead: ‘Save our railways’

  1. Eastleigh Xpress on June 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I was amazed to discover I could travel from Paris to Milan on the TGV for just £25 (one way).

    Those who say nationalised railways are less efficient than the private sector need to take a look at France and Italy

  2. Sue on June 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Railways are so important to us as individuals and to the efficient running of the country that they should not be left in the hands of people who have no motive other than to make loads of money! If the profit being made by private rail companies was ploughed back into the railways then we’d have a cheaper and a better service. Good for us and good for the country!

  3. Pete Stewart on June 21, 2013 at 6:38 am

    The public transport system is to Britain what the circulatory system is to the body.

    Imagine if the integrated circulatory system were privatized in the same way as our railways, with separate contract going to the arteries, heart, veins etc.

    Each part would be motivated by profit, not the primary task of maximum cooperation for transporting the blood. Also no one part would really know what the others were doing.

    Privatization of our railways has been a disaster, but Britain CANNOT re-nationalize because E U legislation demands privatization.

    The real reason for E U privatization was to enable our Continental competitors to grab our rolling stock and other rail infrastructure contracts by means of subsidized bids.

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