In response to the question by Nigel Harris in RAIL 839 (‘One Railway - or back to BR?’), I think that the latter is already happening by stealth.
Network Rail had to be (and has been) nationalised, as no private sector company could ever make a profit from running it.
Train operations are now mainly in the hands of state-owned overseas companies whose treasuries must be rubbing their hands with glee as UK taxpayers contribute to their economies either directly or through the fares, especially when they are sole operator on many routes.
It is true that more people than ever are using our trains, but in large part that’s due to more people than ever residing in the UK.
Like health and education, a nation’s transport network is all part of its infrastructure, and as such cannot be linked to profiteering.
Capitalism has rightly been considered the least bad option of running a country’s economy, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be privatised.
For those who couldn’t stomach a return to the name BR, then surely it’s not beyond man’s wit to come up with another – for example, RAIL UK. Tony Shield, Bury