ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite commissioned independent academics from Transport for Quality of Life to undertake a major research project looking at the problems of the current privatised and fragmented structure of our railways, and at possible solutions.
This project examines ways to reduce the fragmentation and leakage of public money that characterise the UK's privatised railways. The report outlines a recipe for radical reform in order to benefit both passengers and taxpayers. It shows that over £1bn of taxpayers’ money could be saved every year by reuniting the railways under public ownership. Money which could then be used to deliver substantial fare reductions for passengers or investment in the railways to achieve wider environmental, economic and social gains.