“Litany of problems” will remain despite Northern Rail renationalisation, says IEA
Shanker Singham responds to the Prime Minister's speech
“It is by no means clear that taking Northern Rail into public ownership will fix the litany of problems facing the rail network in the region.
“The physical infrastructure remains in poor condition after years of neglect, the rolling stock and staff will by and large remain the same, and industrial relations are strained. The timetabling issues affecting Northern Rail were exacerbated by delays in upgrading the key ‘Castlefield Corridor’, where government assurances of infrastructure improvements have not materialised.
“None of this is to deny that Arriva’s handling of the Northern franchise could have been better, but temporarily re-nationalising the franchise is only the beginning of trying to fix the problems with the nation’s rail network.”
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