FRANCHISING – THINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE!

RAIL passenger franchising was invented in Great Britain, for British Rail’s break up and privatisation, as a means of taking forward passenger services in what two decades ago was thought to be a declining industry.

Since then, passenger services have been anything but in decline, with the network now carrying record numbers, and it is increasingly evident that ‘franchising’, as it was perceived in the 1990s, is incapable of coping with today’s growing and increasingly complex railway. Continue reading