In 1994 John Major's government began the break-up and privatisation of British Rail. Privatisation saw the dismemberment of our rail system. Stations, infrastructure, maintenance and train operating were sold off to dozens of different companies.
Where once you could travel from A to B on one ticket. Privatisation made buying tickets a far more complex operation. Travelling from company to company is problematic.
So much for Major's argument that only the private sector could properly run our railways. The UK's national rail system now costs the tax payer, in subsidies, more than it did when it was in public hands.
Our national rail system needs to be re-nationalised.