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Train really is taking the strain
NOW we know – British railways are run by EU diktat. After the failure of two private companies trying to run the East Coast Main Line, we had Virgin Railways doing a good job on the West Coast Main Line.
Following a fiasco of Government and civil servant cock-ups, we have an insane franchise deal and far from clear franchise rules, resulting in a bill of £40 million which the UK taxpayers have to finance.
We are now told that Virgin will be asked to run the line for nine to 13 months after December. Then a new bidding plan comes in for a two-year deal and sometime after the 2015 General Election, yet another round of bidding for a longer franchise agreement. The Dutch tried private company operators and it failed, whereas the French SNCF and the German DB systems are superb networks and are state run.
The Tories told us privatisation of the railways and the utility companies would bring more efficiency, lower prices, more competition and flexibility and less of a drain on taxpayers’ money. The very opposite has happened.
What was once the finest rail system in the world is now a shambles.
David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Holgate, York.