The British government on Thursday announced railway reform in an effort to address a number of malfunctions in the sector. The plan included reservation and centralization of prices, but it was not unanimous because it did not question the privatization of railways in the 1990s.
With our correspondent in London, Muriel Telcroix
Twenty-five years after the British railway network was removed and privatized, a public body called the “Great British Railway” was to be formed. The owner of the infrastructure and stations is also responsible for pricing, schedules and bookings, which will be centralized on a single website.
The very confusing system of owners will be removed to put an end to the fragmentation of taxes currently being paid by many operators, including the French SNCF.
Nevertheless, the private sector must retain a significant share and determine plans to enter into agreements with private partners to operate the “Great British Railways” trains, with the aim of improving quality and service in a timely manner and improving service efficiency.
British Railways has been facing a series of problems for decades, and its privatization remains highly controversial. But the unions and anti-workers who argued two years ago that the railways should be nationalized deserve this reform as a simple “plug-in”. They believe that maintaining a model based on operating contracts will continue to pay taxpayers and travelers money in the form of dividends to shareholders.
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