Derailed – How to fix Britain’s broken railways

Thursday 29 June, 6pm CET

On zoom, register here: https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvfuuqrTorG9xAZ1HvIKqSuZoiikvsU3hT#/registration

Tom Haines-Doran is a political economist specialising in transport systems, infrastructure and social movements. He currently works at the University of Leeds, leading research on transport decarbonisation. He previously worked as a researcher for the Urban Transport Group, authoring research documents for high-level decision makers in local and national government.

Discussants:

Andrea Brock, Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

David Bailey, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham

The book is available here: https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526164056/

Abstract:

Why don’t trains run on time? Why are fares so expensive? Why are there so many strikes?

Few would disagree that Britain’s railways are broken, and have been for a long time.

This insightful new book calls for a radical rethink of how we view the railways, and explains the problems we face and how to fix them. Haines-Doran argues that the railways should be seen as a social good and an indispensable feature of the national economy. With passengers and railway workers holding governments to account, we could then move past the incessant debates on whether our railways are an unavoidably loss-making business failure. An alternative vision is both possible and affordable, enabling the railways to play an instrumental role in decreasing social inequalities, strengthening the economy and supporting a transition to a sustainable future.