Re­or­gan­i­sa­tion re­quired

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Many long-suf­fer­ing rail pas­sen­gers would be amazed to hear that the Ord­sall Chord has trans­formed con­nec­tiv­ity in the North West ( RAIL 860). There have been ma­jor prob­lems of time­keep­ing ever since its open­ing.

Although it is un­doubt­edly an en­gi­neer­ing achieve­ment, what it was built to do was only part of the so­lu­tion.

There was to be an in­crease in ca­pac­ity on the Pic­cadilly-Ox­ford Road seg­ment, to get the ben­e­fit of the ex­tra jour­ney traf­fic gen­er­ated by this in­vest­ment. This was stopped by DfT in­ter­ven­tion, so as an in­vest­ment it must be a neg­a­tive rate of re­turn and re­ally does show the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic chaos to which the UK rail net­work has sunk.

The rail sys­tem’s or­gan­i­sa­tion is fail­ing (as the re­cent timetable fi­asco has shown), and re­ally does need root and branch re­form

based upon get­ting rid of all the Civil Ser­vice con­trol and reg­u­la­tion.

We also need to de­politi­cise the net­work from lo­cal and na­tional fig­ures con­cerned with their own agen­das. And above all, get rid of Net­work Rail and de­velop an en­gi­neer­ing project fa­cil­ity that grows its own ex­per­tise.

A pri­vate, reg­u­lated monopoly gets my vote, which with com­plete ver­ti­cal in­te­gra­tion would elim­i­nate the frag­men­ta­tion that we have been see­ing. This new or­gan­i­sa­tion should also be armed with a re­mit to de­car­bonise its op­er­a­tions, so we can get rid of the diesels. Paul Brooks-Burke, Manch­ester

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