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Friday, 4th January 2013

UK: Rail 2020

Source: House of Commons Transport Committee (UK)

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In May 2011 a review led by Sir Roy McNulty published its report on the efficiency of the UK railway and concluded that there was a 40% efficiency gap between the UK railway and European comparators. This prompted the Government to publish a Command Paper on rail, Reforming our Railways, which, amongst other things, tasked the rail industry with making savings amounting to £3.5 billion a year (in 2008/09 prices) by 2018/19.

We looked at this issue in the wider context of asking why the railway should be in receipt of public support, where that subsidy should be targeted, and what should be the Government’s vision for rail by the time the McNulty savings are due to be delivered at the end of the decade.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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