It is two and a half years since they were nationalised.
Hon. Members may know that I served as an assistant solicitor with the Great Western Railway for 19 years, and for one year with the British Transport Commission, before I resigned for political reasons. In that capacity I had an opportunity of a close view of transport problems, and I suggest that the picture I gained was more complete, dealing as I did with all departments, than that obtained by many hon. Members who perhaps served in some operating department and only saw a part.
I have never believed that road competition was the sole, or the main, reason for railway decline.