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Wales rail services to be nationalised

HelloDuck
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Wales rail services to be nationalised

Wales rail services to be nationalised from next February 

Cardiff airport was purchased by the Welsh Government in March 2013 now the railways are to be nationalised where will it end will all of Wales be Government owned if so who will pay for it 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-54635421

 

 

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Minivanman
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Re: Wales rail services to be nationalised

Well the taxpayer I guess, but should essential transport be in private hands anyway, and especially since Arriva made a real pigs ear of it. 

Not in my book.

As it stands it needs to be supported. Reduced use and the whole lot is liable to fall apart otherwise as profits plumment.

No profit, no trains. 🤔

 


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Re: Wales rail services to be nationalised

So long as it's the WELSH not UK taxpayers who have to fund it.

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Re: Wales rail services to be nationalised

@jab1 

Agreed, but the last time I looked Wales was still part of the United Kingdom 😉


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Re: Wales rail services to be nationalised

@Minivanman It is, but the decision was made by the Welsh Parliament, not Westminster, as I read that BBC link.

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Re: Wales rail services to be nationalised

Which would be fine and fair if Wales kept all of the tax it raised @jab1 

As it stands, from the basic 20% rate of tax,10% will go to the Welsh Government and 10% will go to the UK Government. It's even more at the higher rate 40% rate where 10% goes to Wales.... and 30% to the UK Government.

Anyways, it all comes out in the wash as they say. 

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Re: Wales rail services to be nationalised

It will be interesting to see if the service in Wales is as efficient and run at the same cost as the private networks....

I expect a nationalised service will have more union involvement......

Only time can answer these questions.

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Re: Wales rail services to be nationalised

Years back maybe, but so much is automated these days I doubt there will ever be enough manpower (sorry, people power) for it to make any difference.  

As for being more efficient than the private sector well history tell us no, but then recent history tells us surely it cannot be any worse given that they operate under retricted by zero growth contracts which means not enough train carriages, and what they do have are quite old by modern standards. 

But there you go, with Covid obliging more folks to work from home that crowded 'cattle train' service especially in the south will be, well less crowded

All very messy, all very overcrowded, all very inefficent....and all needing a good kick up the backside.  


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Re: Wales rail services to be nationalised

@Minivanman  A few years ago the East Coast line was taken into public ownership and when it was franchised again it was stated that it had run at a profit. It then lost money again and was returned to public ownership as it was losing money again.So who knows with wales ?HuhCool