CRPs can lend a hand
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