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Make your voice heard in the Shaw consultation using our template response. You can edit it to give your own thoughts.
Dear Shaw Report team
This is my response to your consultation on options for bringing private sector capital into Network Rail, including the option of 'full privatisation'.
We Own It polling shows that less than one in four people want Network Rail to be privatised; 59% of us oppose it. That's not surprising because privatising Network Rail would be a disaster:
Worse for safety
We need to learn the lessons from privately owned Railtrack, which was heavily criticised for the fatal train crashes in the late 1990s. We don't want to go down that route again - passenger safety must come before profit.
Network Rail needs to be more accountable to passengers, not less. Privatisation would reduce the voice of passengers.
The railways are already too fragmented. We need a publicly owned rail network that works in an integrated way. Privatising Network Rail and selling off railway infrastructure would make the situation much worse.
2 out of 3 people think train fares would increase if Network Rail was privatised. The public are sick of being ripped off by a railway that puts shareholder profits ahead of passenger needs.
Network Rail isn't perfect but it can be improved, made more accountable and work better in public hands.
Please keep Network Rail public and work towards public ownership of the whole railway network. Privatisation has failed; we don't want any more of it.
Thank you for your time.
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