Deutsche Bahn Trains Wales! ….

Posted on April 22nd, 2010, by The Chairman

According to the BBC News website, UK train and bus operator Arriva has agreed to be taken over by Germany’s Deutsche Bahn in a deal worth £1.59bn. Shareholders will now be asked to give their approval.

It’s a strange privatised railway in this country.

Chiltern Railways, Wrexham & Shropshire, Cross Country and the Welsh franchise, together with the UK’s largest rail freight operator DB Schenker (was EWS) owned by the German Government.

Merseyrail and Northern Rail part owned by the Dutch Government.

TransPennine Express, Southern, South Eastern and Gatwick Express part owned by the French Government.

East Coast owned by the UK Government after the collapse of the previous two franchisees, the national infrastructure run by Network Rail also owned by the UK Government after the collapse of Railtrack, and the third largest freight operator, DRS, also UK Government owned.

Not quite what John Major and John McGregor had in mind when they privatised the railways back in the early 1990s!

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  1. Mike Battman Says:

    Having travelled on Deutsche Bahn trains in Belgium, Germany and Austria, I have nothing but praise for them.

    I do agree that the ownership of our railways does leave a lot to be desired!

  2. Shelia Says:

    Not to mention that the UK part of Eurostar is 35% owned by SNCF and 15% owned by NMBS/SNCB.

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