Comment: Rail role for social enterprise would fit Big Society goals

Railways haven't been viewed as fertile territory for community enterprise, but things might be starting to change. The Government is reviewing its policy on rail franchising, and there is growing interest in testing out 'micro-franchising' - an idea developed in the 1990s based on continental European experience, where small networks of local railways are franchised by a county or regional authority.

by Paul Salveson

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