There is of course, another more serious point to make from such data. The running of trains is not confined to the provision of drivers and signalmen. British Rail runs a self-contained transport network and is responsible not only for the planning, marketing and operation of train services and for the provision and maintenance of track but also has to take on a significant safety and regulatory role, for example, by managing access to the network for the many existing privately owned freight wagons. Serious commentators have appreciated that this needs to be taken into account when assessing the long term viability of freight on rail.
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