THE RAIL PROBLEM

Reasons for the failure of the 1968 transport act and the attempt to make BR pay its way with the assistance of a small subsidy are examined. Attention is drawn to the board's inaction, the way it ignored warnings and its failure to achieve planned reduction in costs. Estimates are made of how much revenue br can hope to earn from freight and passenger traffic in 1981. It is demonstrated that BR has scope for increasing prices. Investment and labour forces are scrutinised in order to establish the minimum level of expenditure if br is to cope with anticipated traffic. It is found that large savings in manpower are possible. A critical review of the case for rail subsidies analyses their effect on the distribution of income, the arguments for maintaining loss-making passenger services are examined and an attempt is made to quantify the costs that lorries impose on the community. It is shown how far BR could be made financially self-supporting by 1981 if it were fully efficient and a five year programme of economic and administrative reform is sketched out for tackling the rail problem. /TRRL/

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    Robertson (Martin) and Company Limited

    17 Quick Street
    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Pryke, RWS
    • Dodgeson, J S
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 249 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137706
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • ISBN: 0 85520 093 6
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 23 1976 12:00AM