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Rail urged to seek specialists

THE PUBLIC Private Partnerships called for by the Government to modernise Britain's railways will fail unless Railtrack allows new investors and project management specialists to take over parts of its network, according to Shadow Strategic Rail Authority chairman Sir Alastair Morton.

Speaking to the Institute of Logistics & Transport in London last month, Morton warned more investment was needed than network manager Railtrack could provide and called for new investment from property developers, local authorities and train operators.

But Morton also urged investors to use specialist project management contractors such as Brown & Root and Bechtel to plan, procure, install and commission projects. Railtrack and the train operators, he said, did not have the specialist resources to cope with the work envisaged.

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