West Coast Main Line Franchise

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:08 pm on 17th October 2002.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Liberal Democrat 3:08 pm, 17th October 2002

My Lords, does the Minister agree that the real scandal is the fact that railway infrastructure costs have increased by between three and five times since the railways were privatised? Will he please give the House an assurance that the Government will use their best efforts with the Strategic Rail Authority, Network Rail and the rail regulator in order quickly to end this scandalous waste of public money, not on railway infrastructure, but on paying all the people who are hanging on to the coat-tails of the people who do the work?