why are britains privatised railways worse than japans? people who have been indoctrinated with socialism are always blaming the sorry and expensive state of our railways on privatisation but they forget that the brilliant and celebrated railways of japan were actually privatised at the same time and for the same reasons as our railways were but they still manage to provide a good service and at a fair price which is something few railway companies in britain do.
Japan's railways have had far more investment than Britain's dating back to Japan's economic supremacy in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Considering the long periods of zero investment in Britain's rail infrastructure courtesy of the Conservative and Labour Parties, the system is doing quite well Passengers have doubled nationally in less than 20 years and our network is one of the most frequent in the world. Japan's safety record is less good than ours and their fares not particularly cheap. There are lots of low fares available in the U.K. if you book in advance. Examples being:- London Marylebone to Birmingham £6 www.chilternrailways.co.uk London Victoria to Brighton £5 www.southernrailway.com London Paddington to Bath/Bristol £11 www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk A railcard gives you a further 34% discount www.railcard.co.uk