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Passengers are having to bear too much of the cost of the railways. But “the answer to that lies partly in pay reform and reducing high housing costs as well as cutting fares”, according to a (largely incomprehensible) Guardian newspaper editorial.

The Guardian view on rail fare rises: the end of the line (extract, 18 Aug 2015)

[The Guardian viewpoint]

There is unquestionably a strong case for public-sector alternatives to compete – they should certainly not be excluded – on a case-by-case basis as existing franchises expire. There is also a good case for the state to have a strategic role in urban railways, where the public interest in supporting ecological mass-transit systems is particularly obvious. Even here, though, public ownership is not the magic bullet, as the popularity of the London Overground, run by an amalgam of private companies on track that is not controlled by Network Rail, illustrates.

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Written by beleben

August 19, 2015 at 10:16 am

Posted in Politics, Railways

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