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26.05.15

DfT denies reports that it wants to break up Network Rail

The Department for Transport has denied reports that it plans to break up Network Rail, sell off its telecoms and power supply functions and outsource management of its stations.

According to a report in the Independent, which quotes unnamed industry sources, the DfT is looking at forcing Network Rail to sell off telecoms, which provides free wi-fi to passengers and transmits signalling information to drivers, as well as bringing an external company to oversee its power supply.

The report also states the Treasury is especially keen to outsource the management of Network Rail’s 18 stations.

Ministers are said to want Network Rail to be better able to focus on its “core job” of maintaining track.  

However, a Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “The government has no plans to break up Network Rail or outsource any of the 18 stations that it currently manages.”

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Arthur Gilbert   26/05/2015 at 14:52

The Government has no plans .................. On par with the Chairman of whatever FC has every confidence in the manager. i am no fan of nationalisation but we have all seen what outsourcing too much can do and are still recovering.

Mikeb   26/05/2015 at 17:09

The Department of Transport has denied reports that it plans to break up Network Rail......This probably means that the idea has been put forward by some Think Tank and is now under consideration. However, since privatisation, Britain's railways have surely been fragmented enough without the infrastructure owner being carved up as well.

Graham   27/05/2015 at 11:31

Not been here before! The last time this happened the cost of everything went up, the quality of the service went down and we eventually had it taken back in house. These are safety systems with use made of the excess capacity, don't play around with them.

Nonsuchmike   27/05/2015 at 11:52

I think "Watch this space" is order of the day, n'est-ce pas? Might be OK in the long run provided that Boris doesn't get his grubby paws on bits of it.

Mr Richard Pill   18/06/2015 at 11:53

The railways need stability, not another round of readjustments. Moreover the security issues of outsiders having interjection to wifi or any other air-bourne electronic apparatus infusing our railways and the tripping of circuitry with cross signal potential conflict of overload and circuit transmissions as systems become more air-bourne than hands-on switches and wired; leaves much to be desired and opens a can of worms the nation may rue. Our railways need to be as one for the good of the nation in operational joined upness and coherence terms. Where outside input may be required is if rail network freight and parcels wants to extend from station hubs to door-to-door and a partner like UPS may be needed to collect and deliver home/business to hub for the long haul?

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