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Cumbersome rail structure cost lives

Last week's tragedy at Hatfield once again raised questions about the structure of the railways post privatisation. The furore surrounding the crash even prompted Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott to ask shadow Strategic Rail Authority chief executive Sir Alastair Morton to review this structure. Morton was due to present his review to Prescott on Tuesday, pointing out ways to change an industry once run by a state owned monolith and now fragmented and, seemingly out of control.

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