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‘We want to buy our own trains’ say TOCs

Wednesday, March 3 2010

In my last post I said, in connection of the replacement of the HST, that the DfT had no business in trying to micromanage the specification of the trains. Now the Association of Train Operating Companies has made the same point much more politely.

“The best way to get value for money would be to give train companies a greater role in buying their own rolling stock. This would get things done quicker and cheaper, ensure that the right rolling stock gets to the right places at the right time and give passengers and taxpayers the best deal.

“An independent assessment of the scheme will provide a good opportunity for ministers to rethink their approach and ensure that value for money is at the heart of the programme.”

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