Daniel Halliday
Oct 8 · Last update 6 mo. ago.

Why are Britain’s trains so bad?

Despite having the world’s first operational railway in 1758 Britain’s train network now suffers from ageing infrastructure, the highest fairs and some of the worse train service in Europe. The British rail network has had an interesting history, moving through nationalisation to be re-privatised in the 90s. How has this history affected the service of British trains, and why did the birthplace of the industrial revolution lose control over the main symbol of its industrial past?
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In recent years delays have consistently been at some of the highest levels in the UK history, while prices have continued to rise well beyond inflation. Members of parliament have even said that the current model for the country’s train network is no longer fit for purpose, and surveys have found the majority of the public share the same opinion. Under the current model private companies are still heavily subsidised with taxpayer’s money, and private companies have still made massive profits annually causing many to consider renationalisation of the rail networks, so that profits are put back into the rail network rather than the pockets of shareholders. Seen as though Britain uses some of the oldest trains and infrastructure, the average age of the trains in use being over 20 years old according to analysis by the Office of Rail and Road, the need for investment to address these issues is essential to improving the service, and something that would be more easily achieve through a nationalised rail network.

express.co.uk/news/uk/900638/Train-ticket-prices-uk-why-so-expensive-compared-Germany-Europe-rail bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38867199 theconversation.com/nationalising-britains-railways-is-the-only-way-to-fix-chronic-problems-heres-why-88591

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