6 December 2016
Responding to today’s announcement by Chris Grayling MP on the future direction of Network Rail, Lianna Etkind, public transport campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“Rail passengers are not interested in the finer details of the structure of the railways, they just want trains that are punctual, safe and reliable and don't cost the earth to use. We hope that these reforms will work, but ultimately they will be judged on whether they actually deliver better and cheaper services for passengers.
“A lot of passenger trains and the vast majority of rail freight flows across regional boundaries so any restructuring needs to safeguard these and avoid downgrading and delaying them. The retention of centralised timetabling and engineering planning by Network Rail is key to that. We will be pressing for the Government to involve users and rail workers in the new devolved joint alliances and make the railways more accountable to passengers and the communities they serve.”
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