#8317058, By terminalterror Why do we have (likely) the most expensive train service in the world?

  • terminalterror 8 Jan 2012 17:01:45 18,937 posts
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    I'm in favour of renationalising along the lines of the way the DLR and Overground services in London are run. The trains are run by private companies, but all the decisions are made by TFL. Profit can be more closely tied to standards of service.

    The DLR generally runs very smoothly, and the Overground is fantastic (whilst I never went on the NLL or ELL before they became the Overground, I've heard the horror stories of Silverlink).

    Nationally, you would have larger networks that National Rail set standards for, then whatever company can bid to actually run things according to the strict standards laid down by National Rail, if they fail to meet punctuality/cleanliness/capacity targets then they lose their profit.
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