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Scottish railway policy : past, present - and future?

Lapsley, Irvine (1984) Scottish railway policy : past, present - and future? Quarterly Economic Commentary, 10 (1). pp. 73-76. ISSN 0306-7866

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The major thrust of this briefing paper is to evaluate current and past railwaypolicy and to outline proposals which can overcome previous policy failures. Muchof the discussion on railway policy has involved little more than posturing by themain political parties. Despite protestations to the contrary, their actual policies when in power have been remarkably similar. It is argued here that much of the contentious nature of the debate over railway policy can be resolved by a reappraisal of some fundamental economic attributes of railway services. On the basis of this reappraisal, suggestions are made for the possible restructuring of railway services and the implications of such proposals for Scottish railway services are explored.