Trains appeal

Trains appeal

Trains appeal

First published in Letters by

SO now that the railways are doing a lot better they are now saying prices will have to soar to pay for new trains (Plan to close little-used stations in county, The Press, July 20) and little-used stations closed down.

I would rather travel on 30-year-old trains than see our network reduced or huge price increases.

Just because the 125s are nearly 40 years old, they are talking of replacing those. They were the railway’s success story.

We don’t want our railways to have super-fast trains. What we want is less overcrowding on the trains and the trains to keep to the timetable.

Robert D Greaves, Alder Way, New Earswick, York.

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11:44am Mon 4 Aug 14

Thecynic says...

Transport infrastructure in this Country has been neglected for so long now that it would be nigh on impossible to provide the British public with a World class system. We get all the excuses of 'we're a tiny overcrowded island' etc. But that's no excuse! Look at the likes of Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Germany etc.
The truth is that we're just not good enough (or at least Governments aren't) in this Country, to supply the British public with what should be a world class transport system.
Transport infrastructure in this Country has been neglected for so long now that it would be nigh on impossible to provide the British public with a World class system. We get all the excuses of 'we're a tiny overcrowded island' etc. But that's no excuse! Look at the likes of Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Germany etc. The truth is that we're just not good enough (or at least Governments aren't) in this Country, to supply the British public with what should be a world class transport system. Thecynic
  • Score: 5

12:14pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Zetkin says...

In the five years since it went back into the public sector, the East Coast franchise has poured £1 Billion back into the public purse, whilst the privately-operated franchises have continued to suck millions out through subsidies, which go to their shareholders, such as Richard Branson.

renationalise the lot, and invest the money in trains and track, rather than in extra Caribbean islands for Tricky Dicky's hols.
In the five years since it went back into the public sector, the East Coast franchise has poured £1 Billion back into the public purse, whilst the privately-operated franchises have continued to suck millions out through subsidies, which go to their shareholders, such as Richard Branson. renationalise the lot, and invest the money in trains and track, rather than in extra Caribbean islands for Tricky Dicky's hols. Zetkin
  • Score: 16

7:15pm Mon 4 Aug 14

gwen4me says...

I agree totally, some regions are appallingly served, access to west Cornwall is by packhorse
I agree totally, some regions are appallingly served, access to west Cornwall is by packhorse gwen4me
  • Score: 0

10:11am Tue 5 Aug 14

Yorkieand says...

The private train operating companies take massive subsidies and then effectively pay this money, as dividends, to their shareholders. It is an absolute disgrace and another example of the poor subsidising the rich.

The railways should be re-nationalised and government money used to improve the infrastructure and reduce fares.
The private train operating companies take massive subsidies and then effectively pay this money, as dividends, to their shareholders. It is an absolute disgrace and another example of the poor subsidising the rich. The railways should be re-nationalised and government money used to improve the infrastructure and reduce fares. Yorkieand
  • Score: 3

1:08pm Tue 5 Aug 14

/kev/null says...

I'd agree with re-nationalisation. Services like public transport - essential services for the operation of the economy - are too important to be given over to the profiteers.

I'd also like to see the public sector offering energy services to households while there are still some householders who haven't frozen to death the previous winter.
I'd agree with re-nationalisation. Services like public transport - essential services for the operation of the economy - are too important to be given over to the profiteers. I'd also like to see the public sector offering energy services to households while there are still some householders who haven't frozen to death the previous winter. /kev/null
  • Score: 4

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