For Chris Grayling trains are always about ideology, not passengers | Christian Wolmar

For Chris Grayling trains are always about ideology, not passengers | Christian Wolmar
The leak of the transport secretary’s letter shows he is willing to take out his political frustrations on London’s mayor – and Southern rail commuters

When the railways were privatised in the mid-1990s, ministers took it in turns to say this would mean that government would no longer be able to interfere. Tell that to Chris Grayling, the Conservative transport secretary, who is set to be the most politically motivated of recent transport ministers, and seems to be spending most of his time playing with trains.

The leak of a letter he wrote to Boris Johnson, the then Conservative London mayor, three years ago expressing his opposition to handing over more of London’s suburban rail services to a future Labour mayor, demonstrates that political considerations – rather than a desire to improve the lot of benighted commuters – appear to dominate Grayling’s decision-making process.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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