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Williams Review Looking at Full Spectrum of Rail Options - 'Significant Step'

23 January 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has welcomed reports the Williams Review will actively consider bringing Britain's railways back into public hands. 

Last week TSSA joined the Association of British Commuters and other unions handing in a 120,000 petition to the Department of Transport calling for public ownership.

The Association has been told the Review, set up by the Government, will take submissions until the end of May (extending the deadline by several months) and consider ‘the full spectrum of reform options’.

Manuel Cortes said: “This would be a significant step forward in our campaign to bring our railways back into public ownership, something which has overwhelming support among commuters and passengers.

“I’ve told Keith Williams in person that his Review must be bold and transparent; it can’t simply be a whitewash after the appalling chaos we have seen across the network under the Tories and Failing Chris Grayling.

“We shall certainly be making a strong submission to the Review, but Mr Williams should now be explicit and confirm that public ownership of our railways is a serious option and under active consideration.

“Also, what we are seeing with the publication of the IPPR report into EU State Aid rules, is that the wholesale nationalisation of rail is not only possible, but simply lacks political will under the Tories."

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