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Friday, September 25, 1998 Published at 23:49 GMT 00:49 UK


Rail users demand action

The national Rail Users' Conference wants a new industry watchdog

Rail users from across the UK are due to meet in London to demand better services.

The National Rail Users' Conference - organised by the Railway Development Society - wants the government to push ahead with plans for a new industry watchdog as a matter of urgency.

The conference is expected to highlight a summer of worsening rail services to back its calls for a Strategic Rail Authority.

Nat Taplin, of the RDS, said: "The rail companies are not delivering an acceptable service and the government must take action now.

[ image: New standards for a seamless network are being called for]
New standards for a seamless network are being called for
"We need the new Rail Authority to sort out the train operators and take control of Britain's rail network.

"The recent rise in rail use won't continue if standards don't go up as well."

The organisation wants the proposed new authority to guarantee protection for cheap tickets and railcards.

It also wants new standards to ensure a seamless network, a full review of the franchising system, and a national programme of line and station reopenings.

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