Transport Secretary Chris Grayling accused by MPs of 'shirking responsibility' for timetable chaos

Mail Online | 12/3/2018 | James Salmon Transport Editor For The Daily Mail
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A damning report on the summer timetable shambles has laid bare the dysfunctional chaos of Britain's railways.

Decision-making was 'not fit for purpose' and there was a 'collective, system-wide failure', said MPs.

Complacency - Government - Officials - Bosses - Regulators

There was an 'extraordinary complacency' among government officials, rail bosses and regulators about 'protecting the interests of passengers', they added.

Transport committee chairman Lilian Greenwood said the news last week of an average 3.1 per cent rise in fares added 'insult to passengers' injury'.

Chris - Grayling - Firing - Line - Delays

Chris Grayling was also in the firing line over the delays and cancellations to thousands of services nationwide as the industry buckled under the biggest change to schedules introduced in May.

The MPs said the Transport Secretary was ultimately responsible for the railways and should stop ducking the blame.

Problems - 'I - Railways

He should 'have been more proactive', they added. But as problems mounted, he had insisted: 'I don't run the railways.'

Mr Grayling had blamed rail bosses, particularly at infrastructure firm Network Rail, for claiming they were ready for the changes.

Committee - Transport - Secretary - Structure - System

The committee concluded the Transport Secretary 'is responsible for the structure of the system. Some of the problems arose from the structure of the railways. It is therefore not reasonable for the Secretary of State to absolve himself of all responsibility'.

The cross-party committee also blamed the 'fragmented' nature of the industry for the disruption.

Britain - System - Companies - Rail - Infrastructure

In Britain's 'astonishing' complex system, private companies compete on rail infrastructure which is owned and run by the state, it said.

The MPs highlighted 'inadequate' governance and decision-making overseen by Mr Grayling and his department. 'Lines of accountability failed, were not sufficiently clear or simply did not exist,' they said.

Mrs - Greenwood - 'It

Mrs Greenwood added: 'It is...
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