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Posts Tagged: Network Rail
The era of government-run railway infrastructure has been, for the most part, one of decline and a clear lack of ambition.
John Penrose: Why railways should be more like airlines – and how passengers would gain if they were
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.
Nick Herbert: It’s the seventh week of this railway shambles. Passengers must be compensated – and companies and managers fired.
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.
It’s time that we returned to the days when the train drivers, the engineers, the signallers, the guards and the planners all worked as one single team.
James Palmer: Solving the housing crisis needs proper infrastructure – Network Rail is holding us back
This wasteful bureaucratic behemoth is delaying the new stations we need. Conservatives should champion a radical approach with more competition.
Huw Merriman: Celebrate the successes of rail privatisation – and push for further reform to reduce fares
It would be wrong, and fruitless, to try to ape Labour by denying the clear improvements delivered since the end of British Rail.
The train companies have done a good job – the delays are usually caused by the state owned Network Rail which is responsible for the tracks.
Despite his best efforts progress has been derisory. It must be given priority if the housing crisis is to be eased.