As Italian operator takes over C2C RMT reveals that 70% of UK rail routes now wholly or partly owned by foreign states
RAIL UNION RMT claims that following the first entry of an Italian company into the UK market. Of the existing Twenty eight private rail contracts, some 70%(i.e. 20 contracts) are now partially or wholly owned by foreign states or their railways.
The RMT revelations come as it was announced that National Express have sold on their C2C franchise to Italian state operator Trenitalia.
Rail Routes in the UK are currently owned as follows:
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Britain’s railways are being sold off to European state-owned outfits with the profits from our fares – amongst the highest in Europe – subsidising operations abroad. Trenitalia is the latest to jump at the chance to fill it's boots on the C2C routes.
“Privatisation has failed passengers and the public by hitting their pockets and providing poor service and left foreign state train operators laughing all the way to the bank.
“The revelation that 70% of the UK train operations are now partially or wholly owned by foreign states or their railways is nothing short of a national scandal.
"The case for public ownership of UK rail, to end this racket is now overwhelming."
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