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Chris Grayling’s rail plans are remarkably timid

Labour’s emphasis on “renationalisation” is also misplaced

By Christian Wolmar  

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling ©Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

The reality of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s announcement on Tuesday on the structure of the railways did not justify the headlines suggesting major reform.

Through selected briefing, Grayling cleverly managed to create the impression that the railways were in for the biggest shake-up since privatisation two decades ago. The implication was that this would include a big dose of further privatisation, which so angered the unions that they staged a mini-demonstration outside the…

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