Mark Flewitt is right (on this issue).
Not often you’ll see me blog those words, but the latest post on his perennially entertaining blog actually has a point. In a blog entitled “Rail disgrace…….but is here hope?” (n.b. I’m far from sure that is the precise number of periods he uses in his overextended ellipsis) Mark says:
“I am determined to work with Abellio Greater Anglia in their efforts to improve but the starting point is too low at the moment and the delays suffered on this line with no cooling system, poor old carriage stock from about 1987 means passengers are fleeced financially without any real return”
I pointed out on this very blog a few weeks back that Southend is a case study of the best and the worst of rail privatisation, and in my experience the Greater Anglia Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street line is one of the worst examples.
So Mark has correctly, if lately, identified the problem. Prices on that line are sky high, and have marched ever upwards over the years, and yet far too little has been invested in improving the service or giving passengers value for money.
Sadly, though, Mark seems blind to both the causes of and solutions to these problems.