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Nationalize the Rail industry

Submitted on Thursday 4th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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Nationalize the Rail industry

Additional Information

To once again bring the rail industry in to the public sector.
Major network infrastructure improvements are paid for by the taxpayer. For example the £8bn upgrade of the east coast mainline was funded by the taxpayer while Virgin trains, the private operator, netted a £18m profit this year.
The rail industry currently receives a £4.6bn subsidy from the Government each year to ensure unprofitable services remain open. Under British rail in 1994 the subsidy was only £2.2bn (inflation adjusted).
Network rail is in effect under state control as is the East Coast franchise and all Northern Ireland trains. It is time to stop private companies levying a profit and raising ticket prices year on year, on the basic need to travel, while receiving a huge subsidy.
A state operator would have no shareholders to drive for large profits and unify the country under one timetable.
Here by petition the government to re nationalize the railways.

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