Earlier this week the Rail Delivery Group announced that they will be investing heavily to ensure more services by 2021.
The rail network has never been busier, with an estimated 1.69 billion passenger journeys last year. Each year we seem to go through the same old cycle, prices go up in January to ‘improve the service’ followed by a chorus of complaints from commuters about poor service and overcrowding.
The Rail Delivery group was keen to show that the higher prices paid by commuters were directly going back into the service and investment of around £50bn was being spent on the network which would include more 6,400 more train services running each week.
The news was net met with much enthusiasm from those within the industry. Manual Cortes, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association said “While I welcome the RDG’s aspiration…I’m weary of their spin.”
Mike Cash, General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union said “Like most people, we will believe this when we see it. There simply aren’t enough trains and staff available to make this plan happen.”
One of the core problems is the lack of rolling stock to support the rail network on a day to day basis. Currently large portions of the rail network are serviced only by a handful of companies, and alongside investment into the network, Bronte feel that greater encouragement should be given in order to foster competition in rolling stock.
Bronte Precision have supported the rail industry for years through the sub-contract of machined parts. This includes components like; Brakes, Mounting Plates, Axle parts, Oscillating Pins and much more.