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Earlier this month the Department of Transport extended its recommended list of bidders to run Britain’s railways to a privatised rail company in Japan.
It shortlisted East Japan Railway as a minority partner with the Dutch state rail company Abellio, in the consortium West Midlands Trains Ltd as one of three groups bidding to take over the West Midlands franchise next October. which provides commuter services into London and Birmingham including my home town of Berkhamsted.
But more significantly it decided that East Japan Railway would qualify as an approved bidder for any other franchise up for grabs until 2020.
The Telegraphpresented the bid as a move by a company at the cutting edge of technology as it provides some of Japan’s bullet train services.
But anyone thinking those on the crowded commuter routes will be whisked in by a super bullet train service should think…
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