Is this the best we can do with Britain’s railways?
As more strikes loom and fares rise steeply, Britain’s railways are the subject of intense debate once again. Would renationalisation solve the problems?
Asked by the Observer to explain the issues he has with his morning rail service, Croydon commuter Ian Devlin needs one clarification: “How many pages do you have?”
“It’s a disgusting,” he says, waiting on South Croydon’s platform three just before 8am, with no expectation that he will have a seat on his journey. “Cancellations, reduced carriages – I won’t get a seat on this one, either. I think they should be brought back in [to national ownership].” Steve Shelts, an accountant, says that the service is bad, but counts himself lucky. He says his counterparts at the next stop, East Croydon, have “no chance” of a seat and face a battle to board.
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Source: Guardian Transport
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