10 May 2018
With over 55,000,000 different railway fares and only 2,500 train stations in the UK, it’s no wonder that 2 in 3 of us aren’t sure if we’ve paid the right fare when travelling.
It’s clear that the privatised railway system isn’t working. In announcing yet another ‘shake up’ of the rail system, even the Rail Delivery Group are acknowledging that something is going seriously wrong.
This year we experienced the biggest increase in rail fares over the last five years, with an average ticket price rise of 3.4%.
The 2017 European Railway Performance Index saw Great Britain come behind Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Austria, Sweden and France in the performance of its railway systems, with the ERPI noting that despite its excellent safety rating, ‘its quality of service is poor because of high fares and the relatively low punctuality of regional trains.'
There is only one answer here that will deliver a railway system that works, and that’s public ownership. We need a rail system that is able to provide the services we need - like trains that run on time and tickets that are reasonably priced.
It’s been 23 years since the railways were put in the hands of private companies and they still can’t get it right.
So, how do we solve a problem like the British railway system? We need to own it.