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Margin of error


The article Rail consultants hit out at margin squeeze (NCE last week) arrives through our letter box during a weekend when yet another rail event ends in death and injury for the travelling public.

When will those responsible for providing social need realise that providing a safe service is top priority and saving money is of very little relevance?

If indeed the regulator is instigating a drive to reduce consultants' margins then the regulator does not understand what the paying public expect from the body that monitors and controls the railway network. As fees are only likely to be a small percentage of total expenditure I suggest that the regulator concentrate on the important items that equate to the significant annual expenditures.

Professor Albert Hamilton, 10 Baskerfield Grove, Woughton-on-the-Green, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK6 3EN

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