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Privatised railways from a Swiss perspective - 7735/12455
Written by Industry Insider on Sunday, 25th May 2008
The Swiss have had loads of private railway companies operating over quite large areas for many years. Anyone with Sky might like to tune in to the Travel Channel 2 channel (263), on Sundays or Tuesdays when the whole day is devoted to Swiss railway journeys.
Some of the scenery on display is worth tuning in for alone, but it is also interesting to compare the railway operations with our own. Almost every route is electrified, low level european style platforms and a much more relaxed attitute to safety - no sign of any fences in the rural areas. I bet they don't have to cancel a train if the Selective Door Operation system fails!
Re: Privatised railways from a Swiss perspective - 7735/12461
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 27th May 2008
Yes, on the safety side I do feel that UK rail - which is much safer than roads anyway - goes to an extreme that's perhaps more emotionally than financially or practically based. But that one's a very tough discussion as one injury is one too many, and anyone who argues against a safety rule or feature, no matter how expensive, is labelled as putting a callous price on life when it can be the opposite.
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