It was the John Major Government that blundered foolishly into the daftest privatisation of all. The then Transport Committee, with a Tory majority, unanimously warned of the certain disasters ahead. The forecasts were remarkably accurate as the present Transport Select Committee's recent report proved.
General Secretary of RMT Mick Cash said
"Twenty years of fragmentation, mismanagement and private profiteering on Britain's railways have left maintenance, upgrading, expansion and fleet replacement programmes miles behind where they need to be to keep pace with surging passenger demand.
"That has left us in the ludicrous position where rolling stock is being shifted from the north to the south, where there aren't enough units to operate on the newly electrified lines and the lashed up Pacer trains, welding a bus body to a train chasis, are stuck with us for years to come. The state of our rail fleet and infra structure is a daily insult to passengers paying the highest fares in Europe to travel on rammed out, unreliable services.
"All the time that our railways are seen as a money making racket by greedy train and fleet companies we will be left jammed in the slow lane and so it is no surprise that 70% of the British public support RMT'S campaign for public ownership.
"RMT's ongoing campaigning, particularly on Northern, Trans Pennine, the Inter City fleet and on the infra structure, will use this transport committee report as further ammunition. "