DIARY: HIT OR MISS ... Network Rail

As ideas for solving Britain's rail crisis go, last week's brainwave from Network Rail left passengers distinctly miffed. At a meeting of the industry's National Task Force, it proposed that, instead of getting trains to run on time, timetables should be altered to fit the late trains.

Rail Passengers Council chair Stewart Francis, in great demand from the media, said the move would create 'greater cynicism rather than goodwill' between industry and passengers. 'The wrong kind of leaves' is the cliched excuse; perhaps 'the wrong kind of timetable' should now take its place.

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