New plans to go ahead…
New government plans will strip Network Rail’s complete control over railway tracks.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling wants new plans to be set out so that the publicly-owned company will share its role with private train operators.
Network Rail believes the changes will strengthen its existing alliances with operators. However, the new decisions are opposed by unions, they say it will put safety at risk.
Grayling is set to make a speech at the Policy Exchange think-tank in London, he will say: “In my experience, passengers don’t understand the division between the two. They just want someone to be in charge. They want their train to work. I agree with them.”
“I intend to start bringing back together the operation of track and train on our railways … I believe it will mean they run better on a day-to-day basis … our railway is much better-run by one joined-up team of people.”
“They don’t have to work for the same company. They do have to work in the same team.”