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21 February 2004

Privatisation Kills

Cumbria rail disaster: ONCE AGAIN, Britain's privatised, split and profit-obsessed rail system has led to deaths on the track. On 14 February, four rail repair workers were killed by a runaway wagon on a mountainous stretch of line in Cumbria...

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10 January 2004

Give Us Back Our Railways

MANY PEOPLE found returning to work after Christmas even more gruelling this year. Rail users faced fare rises of up to three times the rate of inflation, together with both new and continuing delays on many lines...

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25 October 2003

Safety Not Profit: End Privatisation

Tube workers speak to The Socialist: IN YET another condemnation of the safety record of Britain's privatised railways, two tube trains were derailed on London's 'part-privatised' Underground rail system over last weekend...

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6 September 2003

London blackout: Chaos shows up failure to invest

SIXTY YEARS ago London's tubes - then publicly owned - kept going through the Blitz. But on 28 August a summer storm caused a power failure that brought the now part-privatised London Underground (LU)...

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12 October 2001

Railtrack - New Labour's U-Turn

"RAILTRACK IS finished", said transport secretary Stephen Byers, announcing a huge government climbdown, writes By Christine Thomas.

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26 January 2001

Put the Fat Cats on Trial

Stop the privatisation disaster: PUT THE privatised rail bosses in the dock! That's the message from The Socialist and one that's coming loud and clear from the travelling public after last October's fatal Hatfield crash...

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26 January 2001

Privatised power blacks out California

FOR THE first time since World War Two the state of California imposed a black out of electricity supplies...

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8 December 2000

End the Transport Chaos

The headline in the Independent 1 December: "Government seizes control of railways" wouldn't have been out of place in an April Fool's Day paper...

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17 November 2000

Railtrack: The Great Train Robbers

WITH THE sensitivity of a pair of large hobnailed boots, Railtrack bosses awarded themselves and their fellow fat cat shareholders a 5% rise in dividend payouts amounting to 50 million - the fourth consecutive year's increase in dividends since privatisation...

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3 November 2000

Rail's belated rush for safety

EVEN BEFORE last weekend's grim weather Britain's rail system was running at a snail's pace. Railtrack had, belatedly, started checking lines after the Hatfield rail crash...

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27 October 2000

Profit puts safety last

ON 17 October, a GNER King's Cross to Leeds Express crashed near Hatfield, killing four people. Once again railway safety has become headline news...

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20 October 2000

Rail Safety before Profit

JUST OVER a year after Paddington another privatised train company has seen one of its trains crash with the loss of at least four lives and over 80 injured, when a train carrying 100 people derailed near Hatfield on 17 October...

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