West Coast mainline debacle resolved (for now)

Richard Wellings talks to BBC Radio 5

Richard Wellings told BBC 5 Live that the Department of Transport’s decision to allow Virgin Trains to continue running the West Coast mainline service is a good solution that should give a period of stability to passengers.

The twenty-three month contract extension will give the government a chance to look again at the whole process of rail franchising, making it simpler and more cost effective.

The structure of the British rail industry is hideously complicated. It would be far simpler and cost effective if the same company were to own the trains and the tracks themselves. This would mean cheaper ticket prices and less government subsidy of the rail network, Dr Wellings argued.

Listen to the full interview here. Segment starts at 19.45.

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