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Public Ownership Only Way To Replace Rail Franchising - Cortes

13 October 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has dismissed as "tinkering" plans by Boris Johnson to scrap Britain's rail franchising system.

Reports suggest the Prime Minister will use Monday's Queen's Speech (14th October) to announce an overhaul of the railways.

Cortes said: “anything that falls short of full public ownership of our railways amounts to tinkering at the edges. The British travelling public have had enough of franchising – full stop.

“Frankly, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to know that the system by which our railways are run is broken well beyond repair. I would urge Johnson to fully engage with the problem.

“Reform of the franchising model is not what’s needed – we need plans for the future of our industry which puts passengers before profit.

“As I have told Keith Williams – who's carrying out a rail review for the Government – only public ownership of our railways will ensure the public interest is served rather continuing with a system designed for the benefit of greedy shareholders.

“Surely even out of touch posh Tories know nothing else will do!”

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