The real answer, as the organisation We Own It have pointed is a fully publicly owned and controlled railway system, but this is an interesting development regarding the worst rail operator in the country…
A Southern Railway train: often overcrowded even if it runs. Pic Credit:BBC
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The badly managed and strike prone Southern Railway contract is to be investigated by Parliament’s financial watchdog, the National Audit Office.
After months if not a years of misery for commuters caused by failing services and strike action over safety the NAO has quietly decided to investigate the Department of Transport’s handling of the contract alongside another investigation into the modernisation of Thameslink services. Both are major commuter services into the capital and both are owner by Govia, the country’s biggest privatised train operator.
The decision by the NAO has been quietly slipped out on its website as an update to the Thameslink investigation without an official announcement. Such a move is bound to cause some consternation for transport secretary, Chris Grayling, and his officials.
Publication of the report due this summer will trigger…
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