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Off the rails? Oct. 24th, 2003 10:38 am
"Network Rail aims to save millions of pounds a year by taking rail maintenance contracts away from private companies."

And what was the reason for *giving* the contracts to private companies, again?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/transport/Story/0,2763,1070093,00.html

Although they need to stop talking about "saving" money and start making it available to fund more improvements.

From: robinbloke
Date: October 24th, 2003 - 02:50 am (Link)
Who would have thought way back we'd want British Rail back?

Sounds good however, the profits go directly back into the company.
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From: softfruit
Date: October 24th, 2003 - 09:26 am (Link)
If you're going to privatise rail you can also do it in a number of ways - whole network as one company, geographical companies running all elements of the train network on particular lines or areas, or what we did over here which was to have one firm in charge of the track, one firm in charge of the maintainence, one firm in charge of one train, another firm in charge of the next train to the same destination, other companies in charge of the stations, etc.

Lots of shareholders, lots of people to blame each other when it goes wrong, very little accountability but lots of boards of directors to fill up with your mates. Probably the worst way of privatising the network from the point of view of the passengers.

IIRC even Margaret Thatcher thought privatising the trains was daft.
From: thegreenman
Date: October 24th, 2003 - 04:28 am (Link)
If I remeber correctly wasn't it so the tories pals in the city could get their snouts in the trough?