Here you will find a  range of resources providing comprehensive analysis of the rail industry and government rail policy.

Towards Public Ownership – A TUC summary report based on research carried out by Transport for Quality of Life. The research shows that £1.5bn could be saved over the next five years (2015 – 2020) if routes, including the Northern, Transpennine and West Coast Main Line, were operated by the public sector. The Treasury would also be able to pass on massive savings to commuters in the form of far cheaper tickets.

The Four Big Myths of UK Rail Privatisation – This short Action for Rail report collates available evidence to comprehensively debunk the big  ‘myths’ of rail privatisation in the UK, showing that on every count it has been a failure.

All on Board: A publicly owned railway for an interconnected world
A short report released by the All on Board campaign, coordinated by Compass. The report explores key problems stemming from rail privatisation and sets out their vision for rail, detailing some key principles that would underline a ‘people’s railway’ for the 21st century.

The Great Train Robbery: Rail privatisation and after
Public interest report based on independent research into the railway sector, carried out by the Centre for Research on Socio Cultural Change (CRESC) at the University of Manchester. The research finds that privatisation is a serial shambles creating artificial profits for franchise holders and hidden costs for the public. The report explores options for fundamental reform and ‘sectoral fixes’.

Rebuilding Rail – Produced by Transport for Quality of Life, this report provides a major analysis of the UK rail industry and sets out a route  to bring our rail system back to world-leading standards. The report examines ways to reduce the fragmentation and leakage of public money that characterise the UK’s privatised railways.

What does the future of railway staffing mean for disabled and older passengers – Produced in partnership with Transport for All, the National Pensioners Convention and Disabled People Against Cuts, this report looks at how proposals to cut 14,000 jobs from stations and trains will impact on older and disabled passengers.

McNulty Review:  Action for Rail briefing – This briefing provides our analysis of the recommendations of the Rail Value for Money Study carried out by Sir Roy McNulty.

Rail Command Paper: Action for Rail briefing  – This briefing provides an overview and an analysis of the recommendations of the government’s Rail Command Paper published in March 2012