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Rail Robber Barons Vision Only For Profits - Cortes

30 April 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has dismissed a bid by rail firms for a single independent body overseeing the network as "robber barons defending profits."

In submissions to the Williams Rail Review (set up by the Government) the privateers’ cartel, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), calls for a single body overseeing the railways.

They make other recommendations including control of commuter routes being handed over to local authorities, commuter routes organised in a similar way to Transport for London, and local government overseeing timetables and organisation in London - with private operators subcontracted to provide the services.

Cortes said: “The only vision we see here is the Robber Barons of our railways out for themselves. This is pure protectionism – protecting their profits.

“Frankly, the RDG, the privateers’ cartel, want to go backwards. Their idea has been tried before; we had the Strategic Rail Authority and that was abolished back in 2004 because it didn't work.

“This is little more than a backdoor attempt to stave off a move to a publicly-owned railways; something which commands overwhelming support in our country. The rail firms know full well that franchising is a busted flush.

“I have told Keith Williams that his Review, if it is to be taken seriously, should not tinker with notions of public and private sectors working in different ways - something the private companies would welcome.

“Rather it should focus on how we end fragmentation and bring our railways back under public control and give this country what we need – railways run for the people, by the people and not for the benefit of shareholders.”
 

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