New model for rail needed

05 February 2017

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has today published a report on the subject of Rail Franchising. The report highlights the many problems associated with the franchising process over the last two decades.

 

Commenting on the report ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said ‘The MPs are right to say that rail franchising is no longer fit for purpose. It never was. No amount of fixing or fiddling will change an artificial market imposed on a natural monopoly where the only competition is in the bidding process itself. It’s a system which embeds short-termism and profiteering and has held the railway back for the last 20 years.’

 

Mick added ‘We need a new model for rail operations in Britain which delivers new capacity and investment. How about one which is publicly owned and publicly accountable?’

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