Network Rail is poor at providing accountability to passengers say two thirds of MPs
Network Rail is failing to provide adequate accountability to the public according to a new poll from ComRes which surveyed 155 cross-party MPs. The research, commissioned by Derby-based railway technology company DeltaRail, found that 66 per cent of respondents said that Network Rail was poor at providing accountability to passengers, whilst 62 per cent said it was poor at providing accountability to Parliament.
Network Rail, which is part-funded by the taxpayer to the tune of £4bn a year, also polled badly on its use of finances, with 58 per cent of MPs saying that Network Rail’s performance in securing value for money was poor. In addition, 80 per cent of MPs think the rail network’s procurement system should be more transparent, while half say the transparency of Network Rail’s operations is poor. A further 63 per cent think that rail procurement is dominated by a small number of large international providers.
Methodology note: ComRes interviewed 155 MPs between 25th April and 21st May 2014. Data were weighted to be representative of the whole House of Commons by party and region. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.