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Greening delays publication of rail reform plan

The Department for Transport’s Command Paper on reducing costs and reforming the structure of the rail industry has been delayed by new Transport Minister Justine Greening. The Paper, which had been scheduled for publication this month to take forward some of the recommendations in the McNulty review,  will now be published until early 2012.

Greening said the delay would “allow time for greater consideration of issues central to the question of rail reform” and enable the...

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Richard
30 Nov 2011

Very much hoping that HS2 will be given more thorough consideration and that we may end up with a solution that actually delivers, if its to actually go ahead. It must offer value for passengers and have a solid environmental structure if its to be sold as beneficial. The White Elephant tag is starting to stick and consensus is far from favourable in its current form. With proper scrutiny and a transparent and honest business case the scheme could well help to spread the strains on the country's resources by opening up new arteries, but only with a 100% watertight plan - "rolling stock or laughing stock" is indeed the choice and the time for decisions is looming fast in a less than favourable climate....discuss...