If the coalition is so keen on communities taking action and making things happen for themselves, why does it not expect the same of private companies? The DfT is putting £9bn into the plan for longer platforms and more carriages for an industry that was, supposedly, privatised more than a decade ago.
Because Gordon Brown nationalised the company that owns the tracks and the stations, leaving only the train operating companies as private companies.
And yes, we do expect the people that own an asset to invest in upgrading an asset.
The carriages will naturally follow when the platforms are long enough to take them.