The need for a radical overhaul of how Britain’s dysfunctional railway network is run could not be more urgent.
I have colleagues who have been reduced to tears by the dispute on the Southern Rail franchise, which has turned the commute from Brighton into a nightmare.
Forceful government intervention by seizing back control of the enterprise and firing the union malcontents who have delivered misery and a heavy cost to the economy would enjoy enormous citizen support and win plaudits for Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
Misery: Proposed reforms are designed to get Network Rail and the franchises working together
Proposed reforms designed to get Network Rail and the franchises working together through the formation of a series of joint management teams sounds sensible enough.
Concern must be that all this will do is inject a new layer of bureaucracy and spread…