TSSA today marked the thirtieth anniversary of rail privatisation by calling on the Tories to bring Britain’s railways back into public ownership.
The Railways Act 1993 was passed on 5 November 1993, breaking up the railways and allowing passenger rail services to be franchised to private companies.
TSSA General Secretary, Maryam Eslamdoust, said, “Privatisation has been an expensive failure for taxpayers and passengers alike.
“The privatized system simply doesn’t work. Greedy shareholders line their pockets with taxpayer subsidies, failing operators like Avanti are rewarded with lucrative new contracts, whilst passengers suffer from aging trains, delays, and cancellations.
"It’s time for the Tories to accept that privatisation hasn’t worked and bring all Britain’s railways back into public ownership. Taxpayers and passengers deserve nothing less.