UK’s rail network to be re-nationalised
After years of delays, cancellations and strikes, the UK’s private Northern Rail network will be re-nationalised.
The UK Government announced it would be ending its contract with private operators Arriva and return to state operations from 1 March. The Mayors of northern cities Liverpool and Manchester have called it “a victory for passengers”.
British railways were privatised in the 1990s and have been riddled with problems ever since. Commuters have been promised improvements from now on with the government being urged to increase investment in the current rail lines.
“Here’s a lesson for the NSW Government – privatisation fails and in the end we need to reclaim our public transport. The NSW Government should really be mindful of the deals they cut with private operators,” said RTBU Loco Division Secretary Bob Hayden.