England invented the rail road concept. England was the biggest Industrial Revolution power on earth in the beginning and the trains ran on English coal. Now, that is all gone, completely and totally as of this month. England has been taken over by outsiders and owns none of its rail systems or the manufacturing of anything connected to trains. Labour calls for renationalisation after ‘staggering’ rail fare rises | Money | The Guardian has a letter from a reader that explains everything better than the article:
Grimble44 22h ago
Of course it’s not just the RUNNING of the trains which is a spectacularly wasteful fragmented shambles these days, it’s the procurement of the trains in the first place as well.
The Inter-City 125 still used on many lines after 40 years in service was designed, engineered and built by British Rail Engineering. All the intellectual property belonged to the UK taxpayer. And of course we also owned the finished trains.
But they’re about to be replaced by new trains designed, engineered, and all the high-value work carried out in Japan. The major components will then be shipped over in crates, and screwed together in a factory in County Durham owned by Hitachi. Hitachi own all the technology.
However it’s even worse than that, because these trains are supplied under a PFI agreement, where a consortium of Hitachi and money-men get a 25-year guaranteed contract to supply and maintain the trains. As with all PFI, this is incredibly poor value for the taxpayer compared with the simple alternative of just buying the trains….. but the advantage for the government is that it needs far less money upfront.
And of course all our other trains aren’t owned by the operators, or Network Rail, either. They’re owned by a totally unnecessary extra layer of profit-siphoning….. train leasing companies.
They were given BR’s entire stock of trains free, gratis and for nothing, so they could make their wodge maintaining and leasing them to the operating companies (who are paying for them with what is mostly our money). So the taxpayer is paying to lease trains built at the taxpayer’s expense.
And the icing on this cake of insanity is that the Tories sold British Rail Engineering to a Canadian company. So now all the profits on trains built in Derby go to Canada. And Britain is the only major country in the world which no longer has its own train-building company.
The People have a good idea of what is going on here. The same process is at work in the US.
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