Voice of Lincoln: Should the railways be nationalised?

Earlier this week it was revealed that the East Coast Main Line will be renationalised after the agreement from Stagecoach Group (90%) and Virgin Trains (10%) was terminated.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling took the decision after the public accounts committee found last month that forecasts for passenger growth from the franchisees were “wildly wrong” and proved that rail franchising was a “broken model”.

The Lincolnite asked people outside Lincoln Central Railway Station “Is nationalisation a good idea?”

American tourist Finlay Sim said: “Every time we come to the UK we marvel at how easy it is to get around. I fear that if it was nationalised a lot of that would be lost.”

Katherine Lewin said: “I suppose it should be renationalised. All of this messing about, they keep changing who is running the trains. It’s going to cause problems.

“It would be easier if the government just ran the whole lot.”

Dean Bradshaw said: “I don’t care to be honest. As long as the trains work, as long as they’re cheap and they’re efficient.”

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