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Our railway errors
BRITAIN introduced railways to the world. We had one of the best railway networks anywhere in the world up to 1919.
British governments of all persuasions have under-funded the railways. This lack of investment grew worse after the Second World War and after nationalisation in 1948. When John Major came to power in 1992, matters were even worse.
In 1993 the planners and Government advisers decided to privatise the whole of British Rail, but they hardly ever consulted with all the experienced true railway men. Only a set of politicians could have set up such an organised mess.
They broke up our railway system into more than 100 segments. The Conservative Government then devised a cumbersome regulation system.
The cost of subsidy to these separate rail companies is nearly five times what poor old British Railways ever received from any previous government.
Despite all these horrendous errors, the demand for travelling by rail has gone up, and what is our politicians’ answer? HS2. Unbelievable – that’s the biggest white elephant ever.
David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Holgate, York.
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