Nadia Whittome MP for Nottingham East.

Nadia Whittome MP has criticised the government after they announced that control of the UK rail system will be brought under a new public sector body.

The new body will oversee trains and track but will contract private firms to run services.

The Nottingham MP criticised the plan and called for ‘proper ownership’.

She said: “Great British Railways might literally have British Rail in its name but we’re not fooled.

“We need proper public ownership of our railways, not continued privatisation under a different name.”

The Department for Transport has announced Great British Railways (GBR) will own and manage rail infrastructure, issue contracts to private firms to run trains, set most fares and timetables and sell tickets.

The new proposal will see GBR absorb Network Rail in a bid to end the current “blame-game system” between train and track operations when disruption occurs.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I am a great believer in rail, but for too long passengers have not had the level of service they deserve.

“By creating Great British Railways, and investing in the future of the network, this Government will deliver a rail system the country can be proud of.”

GBR is not expected to be established until 2023.

The changes have been welcomed by Maria Machancoses, CEO of transport body Midlands Connect, who said: “This raft of changes is what the rail industry and its passengers have been waiting for, and if implemented correctly, could have huge benefits for travellers.

“By specifying timetables, service levels and operating standards, this concession model will reward operators for delivering what passengers want most – trains that run on time, friendly service and clean stations.”