Thursday 1 Apr 2004


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The recommendation of the Committee is a clear one, they wish to renationalise the railway.  We are disappointed that the Committee fails to recognise that Network Rail has reduced infrastructure delays by around 8½% over the last year, with double digit reductions for six successive months. But we are pleased that they acknowledge that the Company’s decision to bring maintenance in-house “is a move in the right direction”. We are disappointed that they fail to recognise that costs will fall substantially in the coming years with our 31% efficiency target over the next five years, and that through rigorous cash management we have already reduced spending by some £1 ½bn over the last 18 months. We are disappointed that they fail to recognise the £26bn plan for a better railway which we published this week, which will deliver 90% punctuality within five years. Network Rail’s proposals for "virtual integration" involving eight "fat controllers" at regional control centres will achieve the step change in performance which everyone seeks without the upheaval and disruption that full scale nationalisation would ensure.             For media enquiries please contact the Network Rail press office on 020 7557 8292 / 3

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