25 Jun 2018
As the UK Government takes over the running of the East Coast Main Line, following the failure of privatisation, Social Enterprise Scotland is calling for a rejection of both state and corporate ownership.
The Scottish Government is currently working on a public sector bid to take over the running of Scotland’s railways from current operator Abellio and Scottish Labour is now calling for renationalisation.
In response to these latest developments Social Enterprise Scotland has produced a set of guidelines to drive forward a better business model for ScotRail, that rejects the two standard options.
Duncan Thorp, Spokesperson for Social Enterprise Scotland, said:
“Nostalgia over the old days of British Rail is gaining political momentum, as the failed experiment of privatisation becomes increasingly obvious.
“However, despite the narrow, binary nature of the debate there are better alternatives to the failures of privatisation or government control.
“A new and independent social enterprise railway, owned by the people of Scotland, is the only viable way forward.
“Placing customers first, with an ethical remit, sustainable funding and employee management is the best model to improve our railways.”