Transport Focus response to PAC report on electrification

20 November 2015

Today the Public Accounts Comittee published its report into Network Rail’s electrification programme.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said:
“Passengers will be disappointed to learn of potential delays to much-welcomed and long-promised improvements. These follow years of increasingly crowded carriages, disruptive engineering works and above-inflation fare increases.

“There has already been lots of investment – what we want to see now is a clear plan of action, setting out exactly when this will deliver the promised improvements and, in the meantime, how important issues such as overcrowding and worn out rolling stock will be tackled. Knowing when performance will improve is crucial to maintaining trust.”

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