This presentation considers the implications of the privatisation of British Rail (BR) for transport policy and provision. Its author argues that these implications need to be considered, before any decisions are taken on what form privatisation should take, or even on whether BR should be privatised at all. He asks: (1) What is privatisation attempting to achieve? (2) What is the UK Government attempting to achieve? Like BR, he neither supports nor opposes privatisation as such, but strongly favours bringing private capital into the development of railways. The Government seems to be split about how to privatise BR, and to be influenced too much by political ideology. Many transport professionals believe that: (1) travel demand is increasing substantially faster than capacity to absorb it; (2) government(s) should develop, or ensure that others develop, plans that recognise railway rights of way as a national asset; (3) new rail infrastructure should be installed as quickly as possible; (4) transport is now a major environmental issue. The author lists a whole range of issues that are relevant to privatisation and not easy to solve. Any privatisation will need a careful regulatory regime to be effective. For the covering abstract see IRRD 855443.

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Ridley, T
  • Publication Date: 1992


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00668272
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-7277-19149
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 2 1994 12:00AM