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Network rail demand extra funding to clean the tracks

While the old saying spend a penny may be somewhat dated it looks as though travellers will at some point, either directly or indirectly, be charged for cleaning the country's rail network from waste which is released by passing trains. While the figure in mind has not been confirmed it is likely to be substantial (possibly in the region of £7 million) and is included in a raft of demands to enable network rail to meet its network improvement targets by 2014.

It turns out that funding for the UK rail network is again set to be cut with the office of rail regulation suggesting that network rail will receive £26.7 billion between 2009 and 2014 which is £2.4 billion less than the company had asked for. Even though the UK transport network has made great strides over the last few years it is still very much under the auspices of the regulators and funding is still made available from the taxpayer to both network rail and all of the train operators.

It will take some time before the UK rail transport network is able to fend for itself without the added input from taxpayers.

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