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Letters to the editor: Issue 518 24 Apr 2009

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Governments spend far too much on our largely irrelevant railways

Paul Withrington, Director, Transport Watch, Northampton NN2

Mike Crowhurst says in his letter that if Edmund King’s “visitor from the moon found as much is being spent on the railways as roads, he must have landed on another planet by mistake” (Letters LTT 10 Apr).

Well, Mike may like to know that Table 6.2a of the Office of Rail Regulation’s yearbook cites Network Rail’s revenue support as £5.2bn in 2007/08. “Investment” is in table 6.3. The ORR cannot say whether that money is subsumed in Table 6.2a or...

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