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British rail is nationalised all over again - by foreign states
At Romford station, in the Essex centre of "taking back control", there's a choice of trains into London: those run by the Dutch, or those run by the Chinese. Anyone heading for nearby Basildon has to change at Upminster and pay a fare to the Italian firm that has been operating C2C since January [2017].

Welsh railways fell to German-owned Arriva long ago, while ScotRail is also in the hands of the Netherlands' Abellio. The French, as part of Govia, own much of Britain's biggest commuter franchises, including Southern Rail. Still, the news last week that South West Trains - serving destinations such as Weymouth and Windsor from Waterloo - would from August be operated by First MTR, partly owned by the Hong Kong government, marked a tipping point in Britain's rail franchising.

[...] "It is savagely ironic that the Tories say they don't believe in state control, yet are perfectly happy to allow Britain's train companies to be run by state-owned railways - as long as it's another state!"

by das monde on Wed Feb 28th, 2018 at 07:16:13 PM EST
it is especially galling given how franchise after franchise keep failing, only to be returned to profit once they are (temporarily) returned to state control before being parceled up again for some parasite to bleed it to death (looking at you, Richard Branson)

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 28th, 2018 at 08:30:41 PM EST
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