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Why break up Network Rail just for shareholder profit of train operators?

Lord Berkeley

The UK Rail Delivery Group minutes of a November meeting (Guardian 1 February) to discuss the future structure of the railways suggests that one option was to remove routes from Network Rail control, and privatise them in a manner similar to the privatised utilities. Some at the RDG favoured a full breakup, arguing that Network…

Stop knocking rail – improvements and investment should have started 30 years ago!

Lord Berkeley

Ministers are being bombarded on all sides by irate politicians worried about the performance of the passenger railway in their constituencies.   From those Tories in the constituencies south of London stretching to the sea, the performance of the trains has been heavily criticised; ’trains are always late, we can never get a seat, they close…

rail monopoly news – France and Germany’s railways are falling apart!

Lord Berkeley

Rail monopoly news.  An irregular comment paper from Tony Berkeley, 7 November 2015  France and Germany’s railways are falling apart; other member states may not wish to follow them. France and Germany still lobbied the Transport Council against the changes that could revitalise their railways. Now, with the EC/EP/Council Trilogues already started, I reflect on…