Rail Delivery Group, the British rail industry lobby group, calls for ending franchising for commuter networks

The Rail Delivery Group calls in their submission to the Williams Rail Review for radical changes the way UK rail is operated. Criticism is levelled against incentive mechanism, overly focused short-termism, the Department for Transport being unable to act as an integrator, of course, the overly complex fares system. Lots of material for the Review to consider, including the establishment of an Independent Body to provide oversight, i.e. going back to something akin to the Strategic Rail Authority which was abolished under the Labour Government.

Hightlights that ex-post privatisation model for British rail has very been clear, constantly changing. Is privatisation of a complex rail system really been such a great idea, if it is proving so difficult to manage.


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