ALEX BRUMMER: Time for a change on our broken railways

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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…

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