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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  • Adrian Lane
    signed 2017-01-16 19:59:26 +0000
  • Baramee Thummatewin
    @bththailand tweeted link to this page. 2015-06-05 11:06:26 +0100
    I support Caroline Lucas' bill to renationalise the railways. Do you?
  • Baramee Thummatewin
    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.
  • gwen cross
    signed 2015-04-16 21:25:16 +0100
    Private ownership has made the railways inaccessible for normal people.
  • Matthew Price
    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.
  • Peter Mason
    signed 2014-05-22 08:00:31 +0100
  • Ianthe Brown
    signed via 2014-04-12 19:55:27 +0100
  • Den Nichols
    signed 2014-04-01 13:26:43 +0100
  • Mark Keogan
    signed 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.
  • Oliver Hewett
    signed 2014-03-10 15:34:37 +0000
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-03-05 18:18:48 +0000
    I support Caroline Lucas' bill to renationalise the railways. Do you?
  • Anselm Waring
    signed 2014-03-05 18:18:03 +0000
  • Rustam Majainah
    signed 2014-02-23 05:15:33 +0000
  • Matthew Townsend
    signed 2014-02-10 10:15:01 +0000
  • Alan Ramsay
    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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