Rail Fares: You can have a more effective, efficient cheaper railway if it's publicly owned, says TSSA boss Manuel Cortes

The TSSA believes nationalising the railway would make tickets cheaper

Rail fares are set to rise by 1.9% next year

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The general secretary for the TSSA believes the rail industry should be nationalised, after news that rail fares will be increasing by 1.9% in 2017.

Research by the TUC and the the Action for Rail union campaign has revealed prices of train tickets have risen at twice the rate of wages over the past six years.

Manuel Cortes, from the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, believes the only way to cut prices is by nationalisation.

He believes many will agree "that money is better spent to cut fares, rather than fill the already overfilled pockets of British shareholders." Explaining his view, Mr. Cortes said: "If British Rail had the amount of investment that the private companies have had, you would be riding for free.

"Our fares are now the highest in Europe, what a disaster. There was a whole host of industries that were nationalised, they were much better.

"You can have a more efficient, more effective and cheaper railway if you have public ownership."

Listen to the full interview to find out more and hear their discussion