He plans to bring in a Fat Controller – as he seeks to balance the public interest with private sector freedom. This is the second piece in our rail mini-series.
The Transport Secretary has set up a reform committee which is getting ready to use the pandemic to rout the Luddites in the rail unions.
The first group of savings are about making the state more efficient, the second about creating a state focused on the core tasks of government.
Free Schools spotted a gap in the market and provided a solution to fill it. This initiative has the potential to do the same.
The Railway Industry Association, the trade body for more than 300 rail suppliers, calls for the Government to fast-track important schemes.
John Major’s efforts in the Nineties, part-reversed by Blair, seem almost designed to give the market a bad name. There is an alternative.
The era of government-run railway infrastructure has been, for the most part, one of decline and a clear lack of ambition.
The Rail Delivery Group has just suggested a more modern system of tickets and fares. But such change should be only the start.
“How would you feel if we spent the money on local transport links in the Midlands and the north?’’ Gove asked Conservative MPs last year.
Public anger over disruption, fare increases, and cancelled investment needs to be answered – or they will be tempted by Labour’s calls for nationalisation.
Only a thousand acres are being released for housing, despite far more being surplus to requirements.
The Transport Secretary’s announcement this week about price indices sounded timid and technocratic.
Passengers deserve redress, and the ‘delay repay’ scheme is not good enough.
Chris Grayling has reportedly “informed Network Rail that this must not happen again”, even as he faced a Commons vote of no confidence.
A key reason why the line was unprofitable is that Network Rail failed to deliver improved infrastructure – and it’s already in public hands.