28 January 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT demands public ownership as performance figures highlight the continuing failure of Britain's privatised railways
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded full public ownership of Britain's failing private railways as the twice yearly rail passengers satisfaction survey today laid bare the state of the franchise chaos.
The survey found that the lowest ratings for overall satisfaction were given to failing franchises including Northern Rail (72 per cent), West Midlands Trains (73 per cent), South Western Railway (74 per cent), TransPennine Express (79 per cent),
The lowest ratings for value for money were given to South Western Railway (34 per cent), SouthEastern (39 per cent), Thameslink (42 per cent), Great Northern (42 per cent)
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“Passenger satisfaction continues to fall through the floor and the usual suspects of Northern, South Western Rail and TransPennine Express are failing passengers on a daily basis.
"Year after year passengers are asked to pay more for their tickets when their shameful service is getting worse.
"This Government must get serious about our railways yet today all we’ve seen is more spin about reversing the Beeching cuts. Boris Johnson must stop flogging the dead horse of privatised rail and bring these charlatan train companies and the rest of the network back into public ownership”