Newslinks | London Rail: Rebuffed

The NewsEditor

Following yesterday's story about Ken Livingstone's desire to create a TfL run London Rail network, the Times has a humorous cautionary tale about the perils of nationalising rail from Ross Clark:

The number of passenger journeys on Britain's railways steadily declined from the 1940s to the 1980s, but has surged by 50 per cent since privatisation in 1995 and is now growing at 6.7 per cent a year. Old lines and stations have been reopened, national rail strikes have all but evaporated and the rail companies actively tout for our business rather than making a priority of carting around their own staff: one statistic that remains in my mind from my week in Watford is that one in twelve first-class passengers at that time was a railwayman on business.

The article is well worth reading. LondonUnlocked, however, remains tentatively in favour of the scheme.