Monday, April 30, 2007

Rail Privatisation saved lives

To those on the left it will come as a stunning claim, but it is not in fact mine, it comes from a statistical study covered on BBC Radio 4's More or less. You can listen to the program here, or look at this weeks page here.

The argument is that whilst there was a downward trend in accidents from the 1960's onwards under British Rail, from 5 a year, by 5% a year, had that trend continued to date, with the increased traffic involved there would have been many more accidents and about another 150 fatalities.

Makes you think doesn't it?

However none of that will make the relatives of those who have died on the railways feel any better.

2 comments:

Lucyp said...

As absurd a claim as todays 'we saved the NHS'.

Benedict White said...

LucyP, Firstly it is a claim made not by politicians but statisticians, (did you listen to the program?)

It is not an absurd claim as the way safety worked was different. Responsibility for safety was used to centralised and is now down as far train operators as well as track owners.

Seriously, listen to the program.

Secondly who is the "we" you are referring to?