Putting companies at the heart of railways delivery… December 6, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
…unveil plans for a fully privatised railway line, with track and trains operated by the same company.
A new route linking Oxford and Cambridge will not be developed by Network Rail, the owner of Britain’s rail infrastructure. Instead, a new entity will be responsible for track and infrastructure, as well as operating train services, under proposals drawn up by the transport secretary, Chris Grayling.
As to the ‘putting companies at the heart of delivery’….
In a keynote speech on Tuesday, Grayling will outline how the government plans to “put the passenger at the heart of delivery” in rail by reuniting the operation of tracks and trains, which are currently the respective responsibility of publicly owned Network Rail and private train operating companies (TOCs).
Ideological? Surely, not least given, as the Guardian notes ‘Rail privatisation has consistently polled as deeply unpopular with supporters of all parties’, but then this current Tory government is one of the most ideological of any since the Thatcher era – perhaps the most, despite or is it because of the confusion at its heart over how to tackle Brexit?