Make our railways serve the common good

In the South East we really have to depend on our train services, especially if we commute into London. But the only things we really seem to be able to depend on is above inflation fare rises, year after year.

Taxpayers still pay huge subsidies for our railways, but rather than the money being used to improve services and lower fares it just goes to make train companies’ profits bigger.

We need train services that are affordable, reliable and comfortable. A quick look around Europe shows that publicly owned railways can deliver, fast and reliable trains services.

Three quarters of you want our railways to be publicly owned, for the common good,” says the South East’s Green MEP Keith Taylor. “We need trains, there’s no competition—it’s an obvious candidate for nationalisation and Greens support that 100%.


I support Caroline Lucas's bill to bring the railways back into public ownership.

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  • signed 2017-01-16 19:59:26 +0000
  • @bththailand tweeted link to this page. 2015-06-05 11:06:26 +0100
    I support Caroline Lucas' bill to renationalise the railways. Do you?
  • signed 2015-06-05 11:05:57 +0100
    We cannot have train systems that fare is more expensive than anywhere else in Europe but the quality of service is worse.
  • signed 2015-04-16 21:25:16 +0100
    Private ownership has made the railways inaccessible for normal people.
  • signed 2015-02-17 12:44:47 +0000
    Public utilities and transport should never have been privatised in the first place. There’s not even a possibility of competition because of the nature of train services and thus inevitably monopolies were created! (you can’t have two train companies competing to serve the same route – the trains would crash). I’m sick of taxpayer money paying to maintain and improve a railway just so private companies can profit. While you’re at it nationalise buses too, they have essentially the same problem. Upgrade the fleets of both to run cleaner and greener and lower the running costs.
  • signed 2015-01-24 19:14:05 +0000
  • signed 2014-12-18 14:19:45 +0000
  • signed 2014-11-25 15:51:14 +0000
    We are basically a cash cow for European state backed / owned firms we want our rarailwayback
  • signed 2014-11-12 15:27:57 +0000
  • signed 2014-05-23 08:24:54 +0100
  • signed 2014-05-22 08:00:31 +0100
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-18 07:22:03 +0100
    I support Caroline Lucas' bill to renationalise the railways. Do you?
  • signed 2014-05-18 07:17:56 +0100
    I hate our UK Rail services becoming Privatised and rail ticket fares becoming expensive and unaffordable, and UK Rail Services becoming Unreliable. I very strongly believe Publicly Owned UK Rail Services will prove even better and even cheaper, simpler and fairer services and rail ticket fares. Please do everything you possibly can in order to help bring our UK Rail Services back into Public Ownership.
  • signed via 2014-04-12 19:55:27 +0100
  • signed 2014-04-01 13:26:43 +0100
  • signed via 2014-03-10 18:05:27 +0000
    The railway infrastructure and services are critical to achieving a lower carbon footprint in the UK, at least in the transport sector. Only by running the railways for the good of the country as a whole and not for the benefit of the shareholders will this be a priority. The required legislation brought against any commercial industry, to impose sufficiently strict emission targets, will be fought against for commercial profitability reasons and inevitably lead to higher ticket prices and lower capital investments to maintain shareholder profits. It’s time the railways were returned to public ownership and became the green backbone of the UK transport infrastructure.
  • signed 2014-03-10 15:34:37 +0000
  • signed via 2014-03-09 17:38:32 +0000
  • signed via 2014-03-09 15:45:25 +0000
  • @lmwalter tweeted link to this page. 2014-03-09 14:29:21 +0000
    I support @CarolineLucas' bill to bring the railways back into public ownership. Do you?
  • signed via 2014-03-09 14:28:19 +0000
  • signed via 2014-03-05 18:58:25 +0000
    The railways should nationalized ,
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-03-05 18:18:48 +0000
    I support Caroline Lucas' bill to renationalise the railways. Do you?
  • signed 2014-03-05 18:18:03 +0000
  • signed 2014-03-01 08:33:47 +0000
  • signed 2014-02-23 05:15:33 +0000
  • signed 2014-02-10 10:15:01 +0000
  • signed 2014-02-05 11:08:46 +0000
    I am particularly opposed to the east line being put back into the private sector, when it is working currently at a profit to the treasury.

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