On 16/02/2020 10:26, Basil Jet wrote:
Yeah, paywall, I know, but no-one else has it and it seems too important
not to let the group know.
That was inevitable, with the DfT unable to come up with realistic
franchise conditions and the companies no longer playing ball. The
operating contract system works in other areas, London buses for
example, with various rail franchises being operated that way already.
Problem for the government is that it will not be so easy to shift the
blame for DfT mismanagement onto the operating companies who will just
shrug their collective shoulders and say they were only obeying orders.
This account not read.