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“There is not a magic team down the cor­ri­dor wait­ing to step in and make this work bet­ter.” CHRIS GRAYLING Trans­port Sec­re­tary re­veals in a Com­mons Writ­ten Re­ply why the North­ern and Tran­sPen­nine Ex­press fran­chises will not be handed back.

“This tar­geted [RMT strike] ac­tion dis­rupts our cus­tomers’ lives. But, as we en­ter a vi­tal pe­riod for busi­nesses, it also dam­ages the eco­nomic well­be­ing of the north of Eng­land.” DAVID BROWN Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor at North­ern calls for the RMT union to sus­pend “dam­ag­ing” De­cem­ber strike ac­tion

“The per­for­mance of rail in the UK is the best in Europe. Go to Ger­many, Poland, wher­ever, and you will not find such punc­tu­al­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity any­where else.” HANS-GE­ORG WERNER DB Cargo UK Chief Ex­ec­u­tive be­lieves crit­i­cism of UK rail is un­founded. (See pages 72-75).

“I, and all of us at Net­work Rail, are re­ally sorry for this morn­ing’s en­gi­neer­ing over­run.” SIR PETER HENDY CBE Net­work Rail Chair­man apol­o­gises af­ter track work wrecked a South West­ern Rail­way morn­ing peak.

“The time is right for Net­work Rail to not only be one of the safest rail­ways in Europe, but the green­est, too, by valu­ing na­ture and pro­vid­ing a rail­way for peo­ple and wildlife.” JOHN VAR­LEY Chair­man of the re­view into NR’s veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment launches his re­port on Novem­ber 28.

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