Overseas investors in UK passenger rail operators
Foreign government-owned companies will now be involved in running almost three-quarters of the UK’s passenger rail routes.
MTR has a 30% stake in the new operator of South West Trains. The Hong Kong Government owns 75% of MTR.
The c2c franchise was recently awarded to the Italian state operator, Trenitalia.
Arriva, a subsidiary of German state-owned Deutsche Bahn, is involved in Chiltern, CrossCountry, Grand Central, London Overground, Northern, Tyne & Wear Metro and Wales & Borders.
French state-controlled Keolis has a stake in Docklands Light Railway, Gatwick Express, Southern, Thameslink, Southeastern and London Midland.
Abellio, the international arm of the Dutch national rail operator, is involved in ScotRail, Greater Anglia and Merseyrail.
Eurostar is part-owned by the French and Belgian state rail operators.
Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect are run by Heathrow Airport Holdings, a consortium substantially owned by the sovereign wealth funds of Singapore, China and Qatar.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “It is ludicrous that the Tories are continuing with the ‘any state but the British state’ policy which has plundered our railways.”