Under public ownership we can have more accountable railways that fit with devolved government for the 2020s. We can let regional authorities with wider responsibilities decide rail service schedules, fares and investment priorities.
Gloucestershire County Council should be deciding rail fares from Cheltenham to London? Or just to the border of the county?
And what makes anyone think that county councillors will know what fares to charge?
Karel Williams is a professor of accounting and political economy at Manchester Business School