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The Duel: Should the railways be renationalised?

Was privatisation a national scandal or a necessary kick up the backside for the railways? Our panellists battle it out

Our combatants Christian Wolmar (Yes, left) and Richard Wellings (No, right)

Should the railways be renationalised?


Christian Wolmar

Since 1994, when John Major began splitting up British Rail, the state-owned enterprise, into dozens of companies, Britain’s trains have been largely privately operated. But Network Rail, which manages the track on which they run, is in state hands. The decision to privatise the railways and the manner in which it was carried…

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