Train Graphic
Great Western Passengers' Forum
Great Western Coffee Shop - [home] and [about]
Read about the forum [here].
Register and contribute [here] - it's free.
Welcome to new members on social media - [here]
 25/02/2020 - West Wilts RUG AGM - B-o-A
01/03/2020 - Railfuture Awards - last day
02/03/2020 - TravelWatch SouthWest
02/03/2020 - Community Rail Conference
06/03/2020 - Odette Hallowes / Naming, PAD
15/03/2020 - WECA Bus Strategy Consultation
Random Image
Train Running @GWR Twitter Acronyms/Abbreviations Station Comparator Rail news GWR co. site Site Style 1 2 3 4 Chat on off
Next departures • Bristol Temple MeadsBath SpaChippenhamSwindonDidcot ParkwayReadingLondon PaddingtonMelksham
Exeter St DavidsTauntonWestburyTrowbridgeBristol ParkwayCardiff CentralOxfordCheltenham SpaBirmingham New Street
February 19, 2020, 12:26:46 am *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Forgotten your username or password? - get a reminder
Most liked recent subjects
[114] Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption el...
[80] Landslip between Salisbury and Romsey
[56] Stations with inappropriate names
[49] Please assist with despatch.
[47] Is this really the same train any longer??
[46] Senior manager convicted of fraud
News: A forum for passengers ... with input from rail professionals welcomed too
   Home   Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: [1]
Author Topic: How passengers can improve the railways - the Boris Johnson way  (Read 4481 times)
Hero Member
Posts: 28083

View Profile WWW Email
« on: July 05, 2019, 04:39:44 am »

From the Huffington Post

Passengers Must Know 'The Right Arse To Kick' For Railways To Improve, Says Boris Johnson

Working with private sector contractors can leave you open to "ransom" and "gouging", he said

Passengers must know the “right arse to kick” in order for the railways to improve, Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson has argued.

Asked at a leadership hustings in York whether he thought the railways should be privatised, the aspiring PM said there must be “political responsibility” for rail transport, adding that “nobody knows who is accountable” under the current system.

“The secret to improving rail transport in my view is you need to find the right arse to kick,” Johnson said on Thursday.

He went on to talk about his time responsible for public transport in London

“In London, everyone knew I controlled the fare box, I set the fares, I was entirely responsible for time-keeping, I was responsible for the improvements on the Tube or not,” he added, referencing his time as London Mayor.

“People knew if I failed, they were going to kick me out of office. But they didn’t because I didn’t.”

Coffee Shop Admin, Vice Chair of Melksham Rail User Group, and on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest.
Do you have something you would like to add to this thread, or would you like to raise a new question at the Coffee Shop? Please [register] (it is free) if you have not done so before, or login (at the top of this page) if you already have an account - we would love to read what you have to say!

You can find out more about how this forum works [here] - that will link you to a copy of the forum agreement that you can read before you join, and tell you very much more about how we operate. We are an independent forum, provided and run by customers of Great Western Railway, for customers of Great Western Railway and we welcome railway professionals as members too, in either a personal or official capacity. Views expressed in posts are not necessarily the views of the operators of the forum.

As well as posting messages onto existing threads, and starting new subjects, members can communicate with each other through personal messages if they wish. And once members have made a certain number of posts, they will automatically be admitted to the "frequent posters club", where subjects not-for-public-domain are discussed; anything from the occasional rant to meetups we may be having ...

Pages: [1]
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.2 | SMF © 2006-2007, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
This forum is provided by a customer of Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western), and the views expressed are those of the individual posters concerned. Visit for the official Great Western Railway website. Please contact the administrators of this site if you feel that the content provided by one of our posters contravenes our posting rules (email link). Forum hosted by Well House Consultants

Jump to top of pageJump to Forum Home Page