Customers want fares that meet modern working patterns, flexibility if plans change and the best available price for the service received.
Plus: Up, up and away – HS2’s costs. Staying down – LibDem poll ratings. Stuck where they are – Labour’s.
The more one thinks about it, the more problematic it becomes.
We must drive this project forward. It is a vital piece of infrastructure which could allow a million new homes to be built. But we need to sort out the route.
Crucial investment in local rail infrastructure isn’t an alternative to the new line, it depends on it.
“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.
Strikes are causing misery for train passengers. But don’t expect condemnation from Corbynista MPs – they are funded by the RMT.
In the second article of our mini-series, the Harlow MP calls for a relentless focus on the cost of living, a skills-based economy, social injustices and affordable housing.
In the second of three articles, the Weston-super-Mare MP sets out plans on tax, housing deficits and debt to help achieve inter-generational justice.
It was darkly funny to see Labour MPs claiming that nationalisation could fix signals failures when track infrastructure is owned and controlled by the state.
Our new fortnightly columnist on a renaissance which “through teamwork and shared vision, is producing real results”.
Plus: The train of communism stalls but the train of conservatism stutters. And: Tackling Burning Injustices does not mean taxing milkshakes.
It’s time for honesty about the limitations of the current franchise model, and a full independent look at promoting enterprise, competition and innovation.
Public anger over disruption, fare increases, and cancelled investment needs to be answered – or they will be tempted by Labour’s calls for nationalisation.
Scrap HS2. Integrate social care. Abolish NI. Reverse police cuts. Consider a new Bill of Rights. And much, much more.