CRPs can lend a hand

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An­drew Haines, Net­work Rail’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive, clearly un­der­stands the need for Net­work Rail to re­alise that it is the pas­sen­ger - not just the train op­er­a­tor - that should re­ceive its at­ten­tion.

From his ap­pear­ance be­fore the House of Com­mons Trans­port Se­lect Com­mit­tee, it is clear he is aware that cen­tral­is­ing timetabling at Mil­ton Keynes has proved inad­e­quate.

May I sug­gest there is a role to be played by Com­mu­nity Rail Part­ner­ships (CRPs) for a pas­sen­ger-fo­cused Net­work Rail?

The ever-ex­pand­ing world of CRPs could en­able Net­work Rail to en­gage with com­mu­ni­ties. CRPs are a var­ied group of or­gan­i­sa­tions, but one thing they all have in com­mon is lo­cal knowl­edge. This could prove in­valu­able to Net­work Rail, both for in­fra­struc­ture projects and timetabling.

Our ex­pe­ri­ence of Net­work Rail has been ex­cel­lent in restor­ing Work­sop sta­tion af­ter 30 years of ne­glect. Now the Work­sop com­mu­nity are proud of their sta­tion and are keen to en­gage with the rail­way.

We are cur­rently look­ing for some­one to do­nate a ten-ton five-plank wagon to us to dis­play as a pri­vate owner’s wagon at Work­sop. Net­work Rail is will­ing to lay track upon which it can stand. Barry Coward, Chair­man, North Notts & Lincs Com­mu­nity Rail Part­ner­ship

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