Reply to post: Re: Thatcher wasn't in favour of rail privatisation.

Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

Chris Miller

Re: Thatcher wasn't in favour of rail privatisation.

We're stuck with the Stephenson loading gauge (except on the, largely Beechinged, former Great Central lines), but apart from that (and the fact that it wasn't so badly flattened during WW2), what makes the UK rail infrastructure so special? Even though I agree that the UK model is broken, the rest of Europe has actually (largely) followed it, partly because (as above) the EC mandates it. So most EC countries have multiple freight and passenger operators running on a shared, independently 'managed' infrastructure.

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