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Viewpoint: Issue Issue 15 3 Sep 2010

Whose job is it to look at net cost of running a railway?

The rail industry must get more into the business of running a railway and less in the business of delivering DfT specifications

George Muir

Even on holiday, someone would lean across the table, retsina in hand, wine dark sea behind, the perfume from hot thyme in the air and say, “the mistake you made was to separate running the trains from managing the network”.

“No,” I would say, “you’ve got to break bulk somewhere and the train-track split is as good a place as any; besides, it’s European law. But look, look, over there, there’s a party going on, let’s go and join...

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