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Would Labour or any UK government ever be able to renationalise British Rail?

Author : NONAME

Submitted : 2018-02-24 14:13:37    Popularity:     

Tags: government  UK  Labour  Rail  British  

The trains are currently split into 25 privately owned franchises. Labour has said they could bring back British Rail as part of its renationalisation plan, with shadow chancellor John McDonnell promising "full integration, as best we can" betw

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Only if they were foolish as it would plunge the UK into more debt than they could ever repay in several lifetimes

Easily done, if not within five years. All you have to do is let the current franchises expire and take the network back under government control as they do so. Network Rail is already govt controlled. It wouldn't cost a thing, apart form the administration.

The government already owns Network Rail, the trains are owned by franchises, so the gov could takeover like they did with the East Coast.

Anything is possible but even if they did it wouldnt make the rail system work better....

Who knows which, of all the 'promises' Corbyn has made, he'd be able to carry through if Labour managed to win the next Election.

Yes of course. It's the government's franchise after all. This government could do it tomorrow if they liked. But replacing all those staff and renegotiating all the contracts, pensions and invoices is not a days work.

Everyone who knows about public sector work wants renationalising - as it works. Just that it costs the taxpayer money, But making it private has meant the companies get to rip off the passengers instead.

There would never be a Labour landslide that would be needed for rail nationalisation. Plus the resistance from big business would make the task almost impossible.

I think the idea is to not renew the franchises as they come up for renewal. Not to do it all at once.

Where there's a will there's a way. But the other side also has a will, to not allow this to go through. The private companies would want to get the most money possible out of the public. The government at that time, if it wants to do this, may find that the cost is not nearly as low as they expected, so they may decide against it. Making promises and doing are two separate things.



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