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Railways 'bursting at the seams', Grayling admits

By Mike McCarthy, north of England correspondent
The transport secretary has admitted that Britain's railways are "bursting at the seams" but said renationalisation is not the answer.
Chris Grayling has announced a "sweeping" review designed to transform the industry which he says is still operating on a structure created 25 years ago.His announcement comes as an official report blames a lack of leadership in the rail industry for this year's timetable changes, which created disruption for tens of thousands of passengers.A three-month inquiry by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) found that Network Rail, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), Northern Rail, the Department for Transport and ORR itself all made mistakes, which contributed to the collapse of services, particularly on the GTR and Northern routes."The whole situation was entirely unacceptable," Mr Grayling told Sky News. "We were clearly wrong to take on trust what the industry said to us, that it was going to be ready for the changes due in May."My conclusion is that we've got an industry today where decision-making is too fragmented, we need a more joined up industry, we need an industry that moves on from the model set up at the time of privatisation.
Railways 'bursting at the seams', Grayling admits

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The timetable chaos during the Summer brought misery to tens of thousands of commuters
"I believe that the divide between running the track and running the trains no longer works on our railway."He said that while some commuters may think renationalisation could deliver the answers, it is not a "simple panacea".
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