Or, perhaps, train companies should get used to fewer passengers?

Commuters should get used to fewer trains after the pandemic but can expect better reliability, the chairman of Network Rail has indicated.

Which does rather blow a hole in HS2, doesn’t it?

9 thoughts on “Or, perhaps, train companies should get used to fewer passengers?”

  1. sigh

    HS2 was mandated by that shadowy organisation WHO* to whom Boris owes his allegiance. The mandate was to destroy all ancient woodlands and wildlife habitats in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.

    * “We Hate Oaks”

  2. Credit to Boris, he pulled off Brexit and the vaccines.

    Now he should resign because his Green crap will be ruinous.

  3. Fewer trains mean longer journey times. Because it’s not about the train time, it’s the total time from leaving work to getting to your front door. If you finish seeing a client, get to the station and have to wait 30 minutes for a train instead of 15, you are going to get home 15 minutes later. At which point, that might be longer than your drive.

    And on the flipside, more work from home means less cars on the road, so faster journey times by car.

    I do wonder if outside London, rail is going to be bust in a few years.

  4. john77,

    But that’s not going to happen. The rail union can bring the whole thing to a stop because of the complexity of the operation, that it’s a monopoly, how many commuters have little other choice (or at least had) and how hard it is to bring in alternative labour in a strike. And as a result of that, they take most of the money. It’s in the interest of everyone working for a TOC to form a union and bleed all the money out.

    What will change that is if roads get quieter, which means rail loses its advantages and is competing more directly with buses and cars.

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