It’s time for honesty about the limitations of the current franchise model, and a full independent look at promoting enterprise, competition and innovation.
Posts Tagged: Railways
Public anger over disruption, fare increases, and cancelled investment needs to be answered – or they will be tempted by Labour’s calls for nationalisation.
Bob Seely: Yes, Brexit and leadership are important. But so’s everything else. Here are some ideas for the future.
Scrap HS2. Integrate social care. Abolish NI. Reverse police cuts. Consider a new Bill of Rights. And much, much more.
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.
This fiscal rule would leave governments free to borrow for infrastructure investments – but day-to-day spending would be paid through your and my taxes.
The project is already well over its original price. Some dream of abandoning it.
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.
The Moggcast. “If it’s a bad deal, or it doesn’t meet the manifesto commitments, people won’t vote for it”
Rees-Mogg on Cabinet indiscipline, how May could survive Brexit defeat, and why he is “very unlikely” to be the next Prime Minister. And: is the World Cup coming home?
A by-product of people preparing for a leadership race is a search for new and popular policies.
Daniel Hannan: Higher taxes, spending bungs, pay caps, gender quotas. Is this really the brave new Brexit Britain we want?
What changed? When did we lose the global vocation that infused the Cabinet, Leavers and Remainers alike, two years ago?
Chris Grayling has reportedly “informed Network Rail that this must not happen again”, even as he faced a Commons vote of no confidence.
Plus: The Government gets airports wrong and Burnham gets rail wrong. And: a miserable PMQs for Tory MPs.
The combination of crucial Brexit votes, crumbling ministerial discipline, growing grassroots discontent and a rail crisis serves to intensify pressure on Downing Street.
I welcome the rail industry’s and Transport Focus’ efforts in grasping the nettle and tackling this issue.