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« Reply #165 on: May 29, 2021, 10:44:47 am »

I attended the RAIL webinar on this yesterday. Hendy, Schute, Bagnall and Williams were all very positive about the plan.

If you have an hour-and-a-bit to spare, you can watch a recording here: https://www.bigmarker.com/bauer-media/RAIL-webinar?bmid=bc970b7cfab8

And in 1994 so where John Major MP (Member of Parliament) and John MacGregor MP very positive about their plan for the Railways

The fact that both those people have the letters 'MP' after their name should augur caution. This time, it's quite different; people who have a good understanding of how rail works are welcoming the changes.

One of the key things that is emphasised in the webinar and the Rail Committee meeting is how the DfT» (Department for Transport - about)'s meddling costs so much and delivers so little. As an example, Nigel Harris reckons IET (Intercity Express Train)'s cost three times as much as they should. When operators asked if it was possible for them to have seats that don't put passengers in agony, the DfT responded with a flat 'no'.

Williams said that decisions about organisation came at the end of the review, as a result of his findings, after functions and roles had been determined. It's really hard to understand what people thing would be gained by nationalising the railways per se, given that most of what is wrong with them today has its roots in DfT micromanagement.
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« Reply #166 on: March 30, 2022, 07:37:48 pm »


Wendy Morton, andrew Haines and Conrad Bailey were interviewed by the Transport Committee this morning. Available via this link
https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/e0a73f05-59f8-4e20-bf8b-f2dfd8339842

Provides an update on progress. All three seemed to have a good grasp of their briefs.
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« Reply #167 on: June 10, 2022, 11:03:59 am »

A consultation on the legislation for GBR (Great British Railways) was launched yesterday:
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We are asking for opinions on proposed changes to primary legislation required to bring about rail reform.

This consultation covers:

    core functions and duties of Great British Railways
    new governance framework
    reform of wider industry structures and processes

We are also seeking evidence of the risks and potential implications of the policies proposed to inform our impact assessments. This includes any potential costs, benefits, disadvantages or risks.

Our current appraisal is contained in the impact assessments published alongside this consultation. It will be updated when the Transport Bill is laid in Parliament.
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« Reply #168 on: June 10, 2022, 11:11:04 am »

This is where I believe User Groups & their like need to ensure that there is a consultation requirement on GBR (Great British Railways) Railways over customer-side operations like Fares and specifically timetables - and not simply to advocate groups like Tranmsport Focus & Local Councils!

Get responding!
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« Reply #169 on: June 10, 2022, 11:30:20 am »

I have mirrored the consultation document (here)
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« Reply #170 on: July 05, 2022, 01:10:49 pm »

Sorry grahame, Melksham doesn't appear to be on the short listing.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-62047964
Six towns have been announced as the shortlist to become the home of Great British Railways (GBR (Great British Railways)).
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« Reply #171 on: July 05, 2022, 03:18:40 pm »

Sorry grahame, Melksham doesn't appear to be on the short listing.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-62047964
Six towns have been announced as the shortlist to become the home of Great British Railways (GBR (Great British Railways)).
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Birmingham, Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and York will now go to a public vote where people can choose the town or city they think makes the best case to operate the rail headquarters.

A total of 42 towns and cities had bid to host the base since the competition to find a home for the headquarters was launched in October.
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« Reply #172 on: July 05, 2022, 04:05:30 pm »

Does Scotland,as well as Transport for Wales,come under GBR (Great British Railways)?

If not Birmingham, Crewe or Derby is fine by me.
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« Reply #173 on: July 05, 2022, 07:16:15 pm »

A public vote looks like a recipe for Railway McRail face.
Do the job properly by  listing the requirements and scoring each of the shortlisted candidates.
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« Reply #174 on: July 05, 2022, 08:31:16 pm »

It’s simply a guide vote, not a public winner.
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« Reply #175 on: July 17, 2022, 08:57:02 pm »

It’s simply a guide vote, not a public winner.
So what is the point of it? Will the choice of site have an effect on the quality of the decisions emanating from it?
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