Great British Railways harking back to the day’s of state ownership

Syed Kamall writes for City AM

In an op-ed for City AM, Acting Academic & Research Director Syed Kamall wrote about the introduction of Great British Railways, a new public body which will manage the UK’s railways.

Syed wrote about the origins of Britain’s rail infrastructure, from Victorian ingenuity to post-war nationalisation and Majors privatisation. Syed said: “The new structure proposed today may retain the current complexity and artificial fragmentation, keeping costs high for taxpayers, while at the same time undermining the benefits of competition“.

He urged policy makers to: ” leave it to the market discovery process to improve the railways’ efficiency, with train operators and other private firms free to take over the infrastructure and decide service levels“.

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