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'Network Rail should be replaced with new integrated body'

Rhodri Clark
06 June 2024
Andrew Haines: It must be quite rare for a select committee to have a chair and a chief executive advocating their own demise, but we believe that Network Rail has outlived its useful purpose
Andrew Haines: It must be quite rare for a select committee to have a chair and a chief executive advocating their own demise, but we believe that Network Rail has outlived its useful purpose

 

Network Rail has outlived its useful purpose, its own chief executive has told the House of Commons Transport Committee. Andrew Haines also stressed that operation of the rail infrastructure should in future be subservient to the rail system as a whole.

One of the committee’s last actions before the dissolution of Parliament was to hold a scrutiny hearing on the draft Rail Reform Bill, which is the eventual result of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail published in 2021. Rail reform appears...

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