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TSSA Calls For South Western Railway Nationalisation

7 January 2020

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has called for South Western Railway (SWR) to be brought into public hands "without delay" after it emerged the troubled company is on the brink of collapse.

SWR’s auditor, Deloitte, said there was ‘significant doubt’ over the future of the operator after reporting a loss of £137m in the last financial year.

It warned of ‘a material uncertainty that may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern’.

Commenting, Manuel Cortes said: “Yet again this is stark evidence that the franchising model on our railways is a complete and utter failure.

“South Western must come into public hands without delay - that is the only way to protect commuters across London and south west. The Department for Transport (DfT) must now wake up to the fact that profiteers are running the network into the ground.

“Only by having railways run by the public for the public can we guarantee commuters a railway fit for use.”

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