How to get our railway network back on track | Letters
There are two clear lessons from Aditya Chakrabortty’s survey of the battlefield upon which the Southern Rail dispute is playing out (This is a story of rail failure. But the real agenda is to crush the unions, 19 July). First, in order to overcome the problem of capacity shortages, Britain needs to move to double-decker trains. They work on the continent and they should work here.
A second, broader lesson, is that the country must now decide on how big a role our transport system should play in maintaining a decent number of secure jobs paying family wages. It is on this front that the unions should be fighting, rather than the spurious grounds of passenger safety. Either company profits or consumers need to cover the costs of family wages.
Source: Guardian Transport
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