McNulty Report points calls for efficiency on railways

Published on Thursday, 19 May 2011 12:57
Posted by Scott Buckler

Rail fares in Britain should be made "more equitable", although there should be no overall increase in prices, a government-backed review has said (May 19th)

Ex-Civil Aviation Authority chairman Sir Roy McNulty, who led the review, said tickets were "already too high".

The cost of running the network should be 30% lower, bringing it in line with other European railways, Sir Roy said.

He lists 10 main barriers to efficiency and makes various recommendations to deliver savings of £1bn a year by 2019.

Sir Roy said: "Achieving a 30% efficiency improvement by 2019 should be the target for the GB rail industry given the study's findings on the industry's costs compared to European railways and other industries.

"A reduction of this magnitude is achievable, and is essential if passengers and taxpayers are to get the fair deal they deserve from the rail industry."

His report, which was commissioned by the previous government and will feed into a White Paper expected in the autumn, will affect the rail industry in Scotland, England and Wales. The railways in Northern Ireland are fully funded by the Northern Ireland Executive.

 

Source: BBC News

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