- 23 Nov 2015
The problem the railway has is that even with increasing passenger numbers costs continue to rise with no sign of anyone getting a grip on it: there appears to be an assumption that that’s ok and the magic taxpayer money tree will continue regardless.I think that as a society we have to remember that the passenger numbers of the last few years have been unusually high.
A fall between 10 - 40% would at worst bring numbers back to where they were in the early noughties. If we thought the railway was worth supporting then, it's worth supporting now.
This month’s Modern Railways has an example. Fleet costs have risen by over 80% in the last 5 years due largely to all those shiny new trains. Perhaps they’re not such good value compared to the “rip off” ROSCO fleets after all.