The UK's Failed Experiment in Rail Privatization

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Writing by Sam Denby
Research by Sam Denby and Tristan Purdy
Editing by Alexander Williard
Animation by Josh Sherrington
Sound by Graham Haerther
Thumbnail by Simon Buckmaster

Select footage courtesy the AP Archive


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    J B21 soat oldin

    I think Thatcher stayed away from Royal Mail?

  3. 2dradon2

    2dradon221 soat oldin

    The train system is absolutely trash. I live on the South Coast of the UK and southern rail is a joke, it never runs well, always bus replacement service, expensive and the ones which do run are always late. My train to the airport was cheaper than my plane ticket to Germany.

  4. The Spiffing American

    The Spiffing AmericanKun oldin

    get the uk back on track

  5. bswain9999

    bswain9999Kun oldin

    shame you can't speak British English

  6. Bryan su

    Bryan su2 kun oldin

    I wonder if anyone in the comment section watching this video was alive and paying attention to the news and was old enough to understand the effects of privatizing the railways

  7. Tyler Garcia

    Tyler Garcia2 kun oldin

    Britain should have not Ever nationalized there railways they should have just stuck with the big four companies. Ever since 1948 there railways have been dying a slow death at the hands of the British government though that can be said about moves rail is across the world. All of the World governments have been meddling in affairs that they had no right to Meddle in and have only done half measures to rectify the problems they caused back in the good old days a privatize railways there there was a desire to do and be the best now there nationalize messes or obsessed with getting money cheapest way possible since world war 2 it time to bring back the old days of the railways like Lner, LMS, GWR, Sr,

  8. Roger O'Donnell

    Roger O'Donnell3 kun oldin

    i used to use British Rail in it's old public ownership days. The East Coast Line, if you hit the the connections correctly could get you from Scunthorpe to my desk in Bedford Square in WC1, London in a a couple of minutes either way of 2 hours 10 minutes. Back then, way too long for a daily commute, and, at £70 return in 1989 GBP, pretty expensive. However, it beat both road and air in terms of time and cost respectively (and even then, air, from that part of the UK, hadn't been much developed since the RAF left in 1946.) BR suffered a mostly ideological mishandling by (what was at the time) Centrist and Right Wing economics, gutting the idea of rail freight as a major carrier (and profit centre to offset passenger cost)

  9. James Endicott

    James Endicott4 kun oldin

    Wait, austerity and privatization is a complete sham? Who would have guessed (aside from everyone who has been saying it for centuries).

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  16. John Phillips

    John Phillips5 kun oldin

    She also increased benefits which is what got her in. Now that brexit happened they are talking about public ownership of the whole system.

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  19. John Goodfellow

    John Goodfellow6 kun oldin

    And the stupid buggers still want to build HS2. I wonder who will profit from that, and who will use it?

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  21. Generic Monk

    Generic Monk7 kun oldin

    The privatisation was designed to take money out of the hands of those without means, and put it into the hands of the rich. So it succeeded entirely at what it was setting out to do. Running the trains was just incidental - never forget that.

  22. Ingo _

    Ingo _8 kun oldin

    My whole life i didnt like public transport, and used whenever possible my own feet, bike, motorcycle or car. Now that coronafascists force the people to wear masks, it is more obvious then ever, that trains are not the way to go.

  23. RED D

    RED D8 kun oldin

    "It brought the highest number of passengers onto the rails in the country's history" Sorry but that had sweet FA to do with rail privatization. The reason this happened was due to the breakdown of local communities having places of work literally a 5-15 minute walk away. So-called 'company towns', particularly in the north of england, had industries like mining, steel, ship building/dockyards and textiles in which entire villages were built around. During the thatcher years (and admittedly a short while before), this began to break down and more and more people were starting to commute to places of work in town/city centers.

  24. Madsam 03

    Madsam 039 kun oldin

    Why no mention about the most important consequences of privatisation? The tracks were not properly maintained, leading to several accidents and lost of lives.

  25. aidy6000

    aidy60009 kun oldin

    The fun thing is getting to see all the different branded passenger cars the companies change that often.

  26. Quackatoa

    Quackatoa9 kun oldin

    weird that everyone is screaming about insane prices when you can take any return journey for £20 ($28) as long as you book in advance

  27. dwblurb

    dwblurb6 kun oldin

    Weird that not everybody is able to book in advance, not least because they don't necessarily know in advance they need to travel 🙄

  28. BrettMcS

    BrettMcS9 kun oldin

    Can't the small, unprofitable services at odd hours be provided by buses? Why the requirement to use trains - they are expensive for such journeys.

  29. nehem

    nehem10 kun oldin

    Infra should never be privatised. Period. That goes for Trains, Roads and electricity

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  32. James DeRiven

    James DeRiven11 kun oldin

    I'l disagree with you on the success of airline privatization: low fares depends entirely on where you are and are trying to go and where you are starting from, with the same problem of volume as rural train lines. (Ask any Nunavut resident about how much money they have to spend to go anywhere at all). Further, airline companies consistently rank as some of the most loathed companies on the planet, whose quality of services declines every year for the vast majority of folk who can't afford exorbitant first-class prices.

  33. Joe Walker

    Joe Walker11 kun oldin

    Welcome to Great British Railways!

  34. Martin Herikson

    Martin Herikson11 kun oldin

    This reminds me a lot of the public transport in my hometown, Stockholm

  35. Martin Herikson

    Martin Herikson8 kun oldin

    @Yl Pea No problem! Well, I’ve heard Arriva is very different in different countries. In fact, even in Stockholm they have one bus garage that works incredibly well. All buses are either new or renovated, are often on time and the drivers seem satisfied. But go half an hour north and things start looking very different. I will definitely check out Arriva in Malta!

  36. Yl Pea

    Yl Pea9 kun oldin

    @Martin Herikson Thank you for your answer and for taking the time for mentioning so many details! Arriva is owned by Deutsche Bahn, Germans are very good at exploiting employees (they prove that to me every day). If you want to have a laugh: check out how Arriva failed in Malta ;-)

  37. Martin Herikson

    Martin Herikson9 kun oldin

    @Yl Pea It’s the same thing with companies over-promising and under-delivering. The system is made so that there is a state owned company, SL, that makes all the lines, ticket systems, timetables and so on. The private companies’s objective is then just to own and drive buses and trains in SLs colors, following SLs high standards. Then every time a departure is canceled or late, the company has to pay a penalty fee to SL. The things they can then adjust are to buy cheaper buses and have tighter schemes for the drivers and buses. But if they do it too much, that bites back hard. Arriva showed a perfect example of that when they won a contract in 2013 if I remember correctly. The bus service in that area was then so bad that the province eventually bought a bus on their own to make sure kids would get to school. Eventually, Arriva had to pay 174 million SEK to SL, which corresponds to about 17 million Euros or 20 million dollars. They couldn’t afford that, which SL for some reason I cannot understand decided to accept and dropped the fee significantly. And they’re still driving in Stockholm to this day, but they’re doing a lot better now. Luckily the state has finally started to see the insignificance of this system and are working on a new one where quality should also be a factor, and not only money

  38. Yl Pea

    Yl Pea10 kun oldin

    Why is that?

  39. Peter Cartwright

    Peter Cartwright11 kun oldin

    A really authoritative and well-researched video that taught me a great deal that I did not know. There seems little doubt that separating the operators from the infrastructure owner was a colossal error that had been predicted by knowledgable politicians from the outset. As another comment maker notes the fundamental flaw came when the government took over the railways in 1914 at the outbreak of the Great War. Governments do not know how to run railways, run airlines, build cars or any other of the private ventures they have taken over. Total nationalisation by the cretinous Labour government in 1948 turned Britain’s railways from among the best to the worst in Europe in just a few years. A proper privatisation back to separate railways companies owning the trains and the infrastructure would have worked so much better.

  40. CornMC

    CornMC11 kun oldin

    Imagine waking up and knowing Tatcher is dead

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  42. Andreas S

    Andreas S13 kun oldin

    Privatization of the British Railway failed mainly because it was never actually privatized (as you kind of point out). The real failure was the increasing levels of nationalization that started in 1914, combined with the indirect government subsidization of roads and cars.

  43. ShadowDragon8685

    ShadowDragon868513 kun oldin

    "No country has fully cracked the nut of fully-privatized rail." No shit. Because it _cannot be done_ to the same levels of service ubiquity as a single entity which is charged with discharging duties, and does not have to care about turning a buck for the shareholders. If at the end of the day, a government-run rail service breaks even - after tallying up all its revenues, after paying all its bills, if it's made a big fat goose-egg, _it has done its job,_ because its job is not to be a money-spinner, its job is to mobilize your got-damned nation. That oftentimes means the fantastically huge trains from BigCity1 to BigCity2, but it _also_ means that the people living in BFE get their two trains a day. Mail service is the same way. You cannot privatize mail service, because people in remote areas that are in no way, shape, or form profitable to, still need to get mail - and (thankfully often) by law the mail is obliged to deliver to them, whether that is as easily accomplished as throwing a letter into a carrier's sack, or if it means you need to have a man throw a couple of bins over the back of a donkey and guide it down a tiny path into the grandest canyon of them all once a day.

  44. Anthony Ferguson

    Anthony Ferguson13 kun oldin

    Plot twist.... They were all private to begin with...the marxist government took them all over

  45. Long Hei Linus KWAN

    Long Hei Linus KWAN13 kun oldin

    The biggest flaw with bidding: Quality of Service.

  46. Dan Coleman

    Dan Coleman13 kun oldin

    The enigma of travel in Britain. Why can I go from London to Spain for £20 by plane, but it'll cost me £95 to go to Edinburgh by train?

  47. Amber Cilan

    Amber Cilan14 kun oldin

    I have the tiniest nitpick. But if it's british it's a Railway, not a Rail Road.

  48. Julia Pigworthy

    Julia Pigworthy14 kun oldin

    Privatisation only works if there's competition to keep prices low and standards high.. unfortunately on many lines a single train company has a monopoly on all journeys with no alternative train companies for disgruntled customers to switch to.

  49. Ole Bjørsvik

    Ole Bjørsvik14 kun oldin

    Total-Privatization is a religion in the UK. Any current pragmatic impasse that works and don't hemorague is just a tempoary crisis in philosophy. Total-Privatization will be back in fifteen years. And the goal will not be to save money or to earn money. The goal will To Privatize.

  50. Frederick Amos

    Frederick Amos15 kun oldin

    Being British, I thought train privatisation was normal but I guess not

  51. rose 375

    rose 37515 kun oldin

    Can;t disagree with the content, but it would help if you could spell privatise properly

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    Charlie Clapp15 kun oldin

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  53. GodAtum

    GodAtum15 kun oldin

    well the gov is spending so much money bailing out BA and Virgin they might as well be privatised


    SCARLET★STAR15 kun oldin

    But why did the conservative party advocate change instead of conserving the status quo?

  55. Metrofilmer88

    Metrofilmer8810 kun oldin

    True. That kinda goes against the dictionary definition of conservatism

  56. paul sutton

    paul sutton15 kun oldin

    Wasn't the previous regime (public ownership) also a failure? It was just that the need to balance the books was postponed indefinitely. At least with franchising, you had to put your money where your mouth was.

  57. Merit Coba

    Merit Coba15 kun oldin

    "It failed to convince the world the UK public and the world that privatization of railroads was the best path forward for passenger train travel in the 21st century." I wish. Our government (I am Dutch) thought it was a good idea. Then half implemented it. The results are mixed at best.

  58. Matt McCarthy

    Matt McCarthy16 kun oldin

    Ok, but a few comments. Before privatisation, the UK rail system was an absolute joke! I was using it daily for my commute to London, and the experence was never good. Safety was an afterthought. When government paid the compensation and their pockets where deep... So apparently no one cared. When a private company (or their insurance company) faces that bill. Everyone cares. The decrepit and dangerous rolling stock British Rail was happy to shove us all in to, disappeared within a couple of years. Reliability, you mention the service levels in regards to cancelations, but they required levels are also applied to delays. Always a far deeper problem on the network. Try explaining to you're boss that you are late, because you had to sit waiting at the next station for 30 minutes because the Conductor, the person responsible for signalling to the driver it is safe to leave... Missed the train. How do you send an all safe signal on a train you're not actually on! PS. By boss was totally understanding, he took a train as well, so it was no surprise. Service, at the time in the UK, one of the largest "lefty" comedians was Ben Elton, it's been a long time since I saw this sketch so the wording may be wrong. But his description of British Rail coffee was perfect. It's a spoon full of mud, with hot water added, followed by someone vaguely waving a coffee bean at it, from the other side of the carriage. (It's not the full set, but search for "Ben Elton, Double Seat" to understand how even the left was fed up with British Rail.) Also you bring up how well the privatisation of Airlines has worked, but fail to mention when talking about the impact of Covid, just how equally badly they have been hit. So, yeah. It didn't work. I don't disagree. But it sure as hell changed things for the better.

  59. Swoon Drones

    Swoon Drones17 kun oldin

    So much wasted energy on privatising.

  60. julie Wallis

    julie Wallis17 kun oldin

    Yet British trains are still more reliable, more comfortable and more regular than any American train!



    Britains original train service was private often family owned and workers were treated like being part of that families company. Nothing has correctly worked since, nationalisation or private even both .. best dont meddle if it works ............ politicians never seem to learn ...

  62. _Red_Panda_

    _Red_Panda_18 kun oldin

    Mr Wendover your railways are actually privately owned and run by private companies... The uk government never sold that bit only the bits that ran on them. Opposite of America.. Do you know that? Allo?

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  66. lawrie based

    lawrie based19 kun oldin

    Thanks Thatcher, very cool

  67. Kielan Gaming

    Kielan Gaming19 kun oldin

    Some services need to be owned and run by the public because they are essential and going after purely profit will break those essential services, A non profit would do the job for rail just fine, do that.

  68. Lorem Ipsum

    Lorem Ipsum19 kun oldin

    The UK railways were created by private companies and investors in the first place, and were only nationalized in *1948* -- maybe this is where it all went wrong. A re-nationalized railway (along with the NHS) would probably break the UK financially, the rail network needs modernizing and that will be expensive. The railway network was reworked in the 1960s with the Beeching cuts, even though the savings were never realized. There's no silver bullet.

  69. bozimmerman

    bozimmerman20 kun oldin

    So, the video is about a failed experiment in the entire railway, but by his account, the experiment included scores of different railways, of which he focuses on exactly one. Now, I'm only a professional scientist, but wouldn't that be called "cherry picking"? Also, it's called "privatization", but given the rules and limitations and subsidies, etc, it sure doesn't sound very capitalist. Capitalist would have meant selling off the assets, writing 0 rules, and the state washes its hands of the whole matter. That clearly never happened. Therefore, it was never privatized. In the U.S., we call these "public-private parnerships", but it's always clear who the senior partner is: the partner with the army and police and the ability to make all the rules.

  70. Adrian Guggisberg

    Adrian Guggisberg18 kun oldin

    The only profitable means of transportation are ships and planes. The reason being they need almost no infrastructure at all and they transport vast amounts of goods or people at a time between giant hubs. Trains are more expensive because they need a rail network and often transport fewer people between smaller hubs. Cars are the most expensive means of transport, because they usually transport one to two people between individual destinations, require the most cost intensive infrastructure and each car is a very complex, expensive, inefficient and short lived machine. Almost all roads everywhere on the planet, including the US, are public owned and maintained, because they serve the public exactly as rail tracks do. The gigantic financial losses involved in operating cars are left to individual owners, who are responsible for the initial purchase, the maintenance, cost of energy, planning of trips, etc. That's not possible for trains, because rail transport as a system inherently requires a regular schedule to function and the vehicles are being shared. The operation of trains is therefore a public service, exactly like providing a road network. The part suitable for private operation in it is therefore providing energy, constructing tracks and catenary, providing rail vehicles, maintenance and other services, etc.

  71. bozimmerman

    bozimmerman20 kun oldin

    LOL@ "money to british government = money to the people of britain". Money to the british government is money to the british government. Money NOT going to the british government is money retained by the british people.

  72. funkyradbomtrack

    funkyradbomtrack20 kun oldin

    I disagree with the title. Privatisation is designed to move public assets into the private sector so already rich investors can profit from taxpayer subsidies they always demand. It did exactly this and is no surprise unless you were gullible enough to believe Tory party lies about motives like reducing fares and improving services.

  73. Nicholas Shanks

    Nicholas Shanks20 kun oldin

    I lived through this, commuting to London daily on the East Coast Line from Grant Shapps' own constancy, and seeing all of the branding you mentioned.

  74. Gary Walker

    Gary Walker20 kun oldin

    And yet Thatcher wreaked havoc privatising council operated bus services. Except - I believe - in London.

  75. Jintaro Kensei

    Jintaro Kensei21 kun oldin

    Nothing can be ran effectively publicly. Without profit motive it's just a socialistic crapshoot.

  76. railrunner01

    railrunner0121 kun oldin

    Also, we should not forget the rash of accidents in the post privatization era.

  77. Hugo Eriksson

    Hugo Eriksson21 kun oldin

    b-b-but big government bad! /s

  78. Default Cube

    Default Cube22 kun oldin

    Should make one of these about New Zealands attempt at Rail privatization... cause yea.... that went... well... Is well the word I'm looking for?

  79. Jamie Spedding

    Jamie Spedding22 kun oldin

    its grant sh-apps, I can say this as a brit who has watched many news presenters say it like that.

  80. Icklebean03

    Icklebean0322 kun oldin

    Great video! Extremely informative

  81. WeirdDickPics

    WeirdDickPics22 kun oldin

    Claiming "privatisation failed" while no actual privatisation happened. With forcing certain operations without letting the market decide what modes are best for the consumers. For example, ill take the example of the 108 passengers a day. This town could have just used a bus system that is way more flexible and cheap than a train or a taxi to operate instead of forcing a company to hemorage money to operate a failing station. Public transportation wont go away just because the market is private, and the poor wont be left to their own devices, simply because they are still consumers who present a profit opportunity and competition will just lower prices. This has happened with every industry governments privatised and deregulated (almost) completely. The only reason plains we're not political suicide was because we considered them a luxury, compared to train - which was considered a necessity by that point in time. But by that logic the government should nationalise farms and mobile phone sale. But we saw what happened when the USSR tried to do the former.

  82. Simon

    Simon23 kun oldin

    Privatizing never works

  83. Lee Winters

    Lee Winters23 kun oldin

    Makes me laugh when it says failed privatise of railways the entire rail network in 1800s was built by the private companies the where never built by state .

  84. Tardis Productions

    Tardis Productions24 kun oldin

    That’s quite a long way of saying, “Covid happened”

  85. dwblurb

    dwblurb6 kun oldin

    Err, no.

  86. Paul Nicholson

    Paul Nicholson24 kun oldin

    it is just too expensive to take the train in the UK.

  87. Vytautas 1658

    Vytautas 165824 kun oldin

    ahh neoliberal geniuses

  88. sender gmail

    sender gmail24 kun oldin

    Subserdising private companys is corruption large corporations are being fed with tax payers while there are job cuts redundences cut hours and absolutly no government responsibility for the trains discusting capitalism.What ever govenment gets in power there will always be a private company running a part of the trains.I call it ducking responsibility. I had the illusion that privitisatation was to save money i welcomed it at first but its not the case its to duck responsibility.Now the public have to take there anger out on private rail staff who enjoy privilidged police protection not the government i dont feel sorry for the staff who take abuse from the public as they are being ripped off with train cancellations and expensive tickets.

  89. seneca983

    seneca98325 kun oldin

    18:15 No country? What about Japan. Japan Railways was privatized in 1987 and it seems to work well.

  90. Chin of Zig

    Chin of Zig25 kun oldin

    You know it's bad then outdated and falling apart Class 321's are doing a better job than the brand new Bombardier and the Stadler. They even had to stop some 321's getting scrapped and put them back into service as the new stuff wasn't up for the job 😂

  91. Steve Lam

    Steve Lam25 kun oldin

    How can a rail system with such high fares ever fail? Answer: all it takes is to be run by tory cronies.

  92. Joseph Watson

    Joseph Watson26 kun oldin

    Very weird to hear an American say "British Leyland". Leyland is my hometown and it has about 30k people in it these days because of deindustrialisation.

  93. jonathan Clayton

    jonathan Clayton25 kun oldin

    How do pal im in Preston

  94. James Mawdsley

    James Mawdsley26 kun oldin

    Who's Grant Schnapps?

  95. ADHAiiN7

    ADHAiiN726 kun oldin

    Hope the government doesnt try reprivatise LNER again, it’s service is stellar


    PORRIDGE GUN27 kun oldin

    What it essentially proves is that the TOCs couldn't run a fucking bath let alone a railway and that there was little fat to trim from the old, largely successful and generally efficient BR model

  97. Vijfsnippervijf Vijf

    Vijfsnippervijf Vijf27 kun oldin

    Only option left for the UK Government: set up a full open-access policy in which no franchises are used at all and thus anyone with a license can operate trains, just like in the Chez Republic.

  98. Mark Boyes

    Mark Boyes27 kun oldin

    John Major also decentralised the TV listings magazines, so we got "TV Quick". So there's that at least.

  99. Imrose Mahmood

    Imrose Mahmood28 kun oldin

    And now, very recently there has been plans released for "Great British Railways" - an actually-nationalised railways. Not just abolishing franchising as it were months ago, but nationalisation by 2023.

  100. Jerzy Feliks

    Jerzy Feliks28 kun oldin

    It's bemusing. First Tories destroy the national British rail in order to justify privatizing it claiming "free market does everything better". After they privatize it they subsidize it more than when it was in public hands with subsidies growing year on year. Then when Labour party pledges to privatize it in the last election they're labeled as raging socialists and completely unrealistic. The public doesn't vote for Corbyn because he's a "raging, delusional socialist". Then the Tories renationalize it themselves - where's the "free market does everything better" now???. Just puzzling... The only reason I can think of is that rail companies are so broke after the year of pandemic that Tories want to bail them out under a cloud of "nationalizing the railway".

  101. uzijn

    uzijn29 kun oldin

    PLEASE make an updated video on Great British Railways, the recent announcement.

  102. Tony Almeida

    Tony Almeida29 kun oldin

    8:00 What I want to know is how in the fuck did they get any company to bid on that garbage

  103. Joel Hardy

    Joel Hardy29 kun oldin

    At 13:31 I spy a Merseyrail train! At Birkdale station near Southport. I’ve watched this video but never noticed you used. Merseyrail I. It!

  104. tSp289

    tSp28929 kun oldin

    One important note forgotten here: many of the 'private' operators were actually state-owned companies in various parts of Europe and China. We were still subsidising them, but the profit was funding other countries' budgets, not ours.

  105. Ciarán Curley

    Ciarán CurleyOy oldin

    Pressing F for the UK voting in Thatcher

  106. joe zanella

    joe zanellaOy oldin

    The greatest con, Thatcher sold to the public what they already owned.

  107. Simon Mason

    Simon MasonOy oldin

    In UK English, we spell it as "privatisation".

  108. tomgauntlestrange

    tomgauntlestrangeOy oldin

    Runs and huge's BR as an old friend.

  109. tectrainguy

    tectrainguyOy oldin

    And now we’ve got GBR!

  110. Jader Oliveira

    Jader OliveiraOy oldin

    I wonder if the demands by contract for the rail services when nationalized are as restrict as they are when franchised. In other words, do the government-run trains have to meet the same quality standards the private ones have?

  111. A21_Harshit Baweja

    A21_Harshit BawejaOy oldin

    The video says privatisation hasn't been very successful anywhere while here in India, government is beginning privatising the railways.

  112. Cammy Smith

    Cammy SmithOy oldin

    2 months after this video the British government has partially renationalised the railways under Great British Railways. Wendover productions shamed the UK into fixing its railways.

  113. Nancey Rowen

    Nancey RowenOy oldin

    The direful cake equally remember because jennifer anaerobically invite underneath a past cardigan. deep, substantial clerk

  114. Igy Pop

    Igy PopOy oldin

    sell all the rolling stock to scrapyard yards, built the roads in place of tracks and provide modern buses.., problem solved..

  115. Alasdair Clift

    Alasdair Clift23 kun oldin

    So have dedicated routes for buses, which they exclusively use? Ok, but they’ll need to be quite high capacity buses, maybe made up of multiple sections coupled together? Otherwise you wouldn’t have enough capacity for the number of passengers needing to use them. But then you’d also need to store batteries somewhere, after all with the current climate emergency it’s irresponsible to use Diesel engines. Or alternatively, you could provide a continuous electricity supply that connects to it. Then obviously you can’t use traditional rubber tyres and tarmac, they wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near fast enough without tearing themselves to shreds. Maybe use metal on metal? That should have low enough friction and be smooth to allow for high speed running. Wait - is it just me or is this all sounding rather familiar?

  116. Brian Fretwell

    Brian FretwellOy oldin

    UK privitasiation mean no British state railway could run a train here, but other state railways (German Dutch, French) could run them. How bizarre was that???