Central planning will not revive our Covid-stricken railways


In the Media

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Energy and Environment

Andy Mayer comments for The Telegraph

Len Shackleton writes for CapX

Len Shackleton, IEA Editorial and Research Fellow, has written a piece for CapX on the impact of Covid on rail travel and the proposed solutions found in the Shapps-Williams Report.

Len argues that the railway renationalisation that has taken place in recent years will not revitalise our railways following the damage done by Covid restrictions and that greater private enterprise is needed.

“Most obviously, the scale of financial support currently provided will have to be cut back – which will mean hard decisions about closures, service cuts, the abandonment of planned investments and fanciful schemes for reopening lines. Without significant private sector involvement to reimagine the future of the railway post-Covid, it’s an unhappy prospect.”

Read the full article here.