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Four years after privatisation the scale of work needed to bring Britain's railway network up to scratch and take it into the 21st century is still emerging. Many anti-privatisation lobby groups, and indeed the Rail Regulator John Swift QC, have condemned Railtrack for not doing enough so far. But last month the company answered its critics with a Network Management Statement running to 226 pages and outlining plans for £17bn of investment in the next ten years.