Time to loosen the shackles


Graceful spans: an EMR Class 222 passes over Harringworth viaduct, between Corby and Manton Junction, on 17 June 2022.
Blake Cracknell

Reflecting on the 60 years of Modern Railways, as our anniversary year draws to a close, never has there been such a tight level of government control exerted on our railways.

In hindsight, it is likely that the Government (and more especially theTreasury) probably regrets the billions of pounds in support that were shelled out during the worst of the pandemic. But it was an unprecedented situation, and at the time keeping transport running for essential workers seemed the best thing to do.

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