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Well said esselle.
Tim – whilst I agree the structure of the railways today is chaotic, under the old BR it had far too many people and too beurocratic. It was also chaotic. I know what Corbyn has suggested but it will take years to achieve.
The reason Chiltern has been successful is because it was the only TOC given 20 year franchise, so it has been able to invest and see a return on investment. Giving out 5 years or less will push up prices as it has done.
The majority of timetable improvements have been at the request of the TOC’s which DfT have either sanctioned or blocked