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A blueprint for a better railway: how innovation, devolution and competition can help Britain's railways to serve consumers better

Price, Richard (2012): A blueprint for a better railway: how innovation, devolution and competition can help Britain's railways to serve consumers better. Published in: Office of Rail and Road document No. -

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Abstract

This paper sets out the origins and development of the UK's unique system of rail operation, funding and regulation. It sets out options to tackle the system's shortcomings to that it works better in the interests of customens and taxpayers. The industry needs the freedom to innovate, to deliver better value and to make rail more attractive for passengers and freight. For too long the rail industry, the government, and the regulator have created ever more byzantine funding and decision-making structures, and since privatisation regulator and government have been drawn into operational detail instead of being focused on what matters-ensuring the industry serves its customers at the best price for the taxpayer.

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