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Time for 
the gravy train to hit the buffers

Network Rail boss Mark Carne makes £750,000 per year and frustrations at slow progress are rising 

It’s hard to remember a time when rail commuters were happy. Like the weather, the NHS and the bins not being emptied on time, complaining about the state of the railways tops the list of national gripes. 

Right now, satisfaction with the train system feels at an all-time low. Tracks, bridges and stations are horribly in need of modernisation, our crowded trains are bursting, yet rarely run on time, and commuters have just been whacked with yet another inflation-busting hike in fares. 

To add insult to injury, disruption to the network is at an all-time high. Southern Rail users have suffered two years of constant delays due to industrial action. Similar examples of abysmal service exist all around the country. 

Meanwhile, the bail-out of the £3bn east coast line has severely damaged the case for private ownership while reigniting calls for renationalisation. The entire system is a disgrace...

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