Flexible Friends For The Railway

Clark, Rhodri
January 2002
Logistics & Transport Focus;Jan/Feb2002, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p67
Trade Publication
The complex and expensive privatization of the British Rail (BR) was publicly justified on the grounds that it would introduce free-market economics to the rail network. Rail freight in Great Britain is rapidly developing. A few ambitious companies have even fought their way to the customer interface, offering valuable alternatives to the established sources of rolling stock. BR's passenger stock was divided between three companies. In practice they do not hire trains to operators, although there is an element of competition for orders of new trains. BR's freight equipment was packaged with the freight businesses for privatization but five of the six freight companies went to one buyer. INSETS: A Million Hurdles To Clear.;The Downside of Competition.;In the Right Place at the Right Time..


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