RMT reveals that 75% of UK rail now foreign owned

RMT reveals that 75% of UK rail now foreign owned

27 March 2017

RMT Press Office

After shock South West Trains announcement RMT reveals that 75% of UK rail now foreign owned

 

Following the shock announcement on the SW Trains routes this morning, rail union RMT has revealed that, as well as being a license to print money for the private sector, rail privatisation is proving a lucrative market for foreign companies and foreign states.

 

With the news that the South West Trains franchise is to be awarded to First MTR (MTR being owned by the Chinese state through the Hong Kong Government) the union has produced new research below showing the growing domination of foreign companies over the UK’s railways.

 

Of the 28 private rail contracts 21 or 75% are partially or wholly owned by foreign states or their railways.

 

GB Rail Routes

 

 

 

Contract / Route

Operator

Operator Owner  name

Operator Owner - Country

Caledonian Sleeper

Serco Caledonian Sleepers

Serco

UK private company

Chiltern

Arriva

Deutsche Bahn

German State Railways

Cross Country

Arriva

Deutsche Bahn

German State Railways

Docklands Light Railway

Keolis Amey Docklands

Amey / Keolis joint venture

French state owns Keolis

Essex Thameside

C2C

Trenitalia

Italian State Railways

East Midlands

East Midlands Trains 

Stagecoach

UK private company

Virgin East Coast

Stagecoach and Virgin trains

Virgin (10%) and Stagecoach (90%)

Virgin and Stagecoach are UK registered private companies

Gatwick Express

GTR

Govia  (comprising of Go- ahead and Keolis)

French state owns Keolis

Grand Central

Arriva

Deutsche Bahn

German state railways

Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia

Abellio

Dutch State railways

Great Western

First Great Western

First Group

UK registered private company

London Midland

London Midland Railway

Govia (comprising of Go- ahead and Keolis)

French state railways owns Keolis,

London Overground

Arriva Rail London

Deutsche Bahn

German state railways own Arriva  

Northern

Northern

Arriva

German state railways own Arriva

Scotland

Scotrail

Abellio

Dutch state railways own Abellio

South West

South West Trains

First MTR (comprising First Group and MTR)

MTR is owned by the Hong Kong Government.

Southern

GTR

Govia  (comprising of Go- ahead and Keolis)

French state owns Keolis

South Eastern

South Eastern

Govia  (comprising of Go- ahead and Keolis)

French state railways owns Keolis,

Thameslink,

GTR

Govia  (comprising of Go- ahead and Keolis)

French state railways owns Keolis,

TransPennine

First TransPennine Express 

First Group

UK registered private company

Tyne & Wear Metro

DB Regio Tyne and Wear

Arriva Deutsche Bahn

German State Railways

Wales & Borders

Arriva

Deutsche Bahn

German State Railways

West Coast

Virgin West Coast

Virgin / Stagecoach

Virgin and Stagecoach are UK registered private companies

Hull

First Hull Trains

First Group

UK registered private company

Merseyrail

Merseyrail

Serco / Abellio

Dutch state railways own Abellio

Eurostar

Eurostar

EIL is owned by  SNCB (5%) and SNCF (55%) and other private investors who bought the UK Govt stake

SNCB is the Belgian State railway and SNCF is the French State railway.

Heathrow Express

Heathrow Express

Heathrow Airport Holdings

Heathrow Airport Holdings is a consortium, 41.88% of which is owned by the sovereign wealth funds of Singapore, China and Qatar. 

Heathrow Connect

Heathrow Connect

Heathrow Airport Holdings/First Group

Heathrow Airport Holdings is a consortium, 41.88% of which is owned by the sovereign wealth funds of Singapore, China and Qatar. 

 

 

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

 

“The announcement that the Chinese state will hold a major chunk of South West Trains, coming just two months after the Italian Government took over C2C, means that three quarters of UK railways are now wholly or partly controlled by foreign states or foreign companies with the profits shipped out of Britain to subsidise transport services around the globe.  

 

“That is nothing short of a scandal and reinforces the demand for nationalisation of our rail assets for the benefit of the British passenger and taxpayer.”

 

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