…is simple basics

Surely I can’t be alone in thinking that the railway industry has far more on its plate than simply worrying about the uses of satellite positioning.




Surely I can’t be alone in thinking that the railway industry has far more on its plate than simply worrying about the uses of satellite positioning (Comment, 11 February)?



GPS has its uses for fleet tracking and the like, but the industry’s record of adopting new technology on a mass scale is patchy to say the least. Surely the focus should be on getting the basics right — a reliable, safe and cost-effective system using technology that is available now and used successfully in other countries.



Most fundamentally, no amount of engineering advances can help our railway system unless its culture becomes a customer-led one. I have no interest, for example, in sitting on a GPS-guided train that is dirty, with seats falling to pieces and full of drunken yobs.



Give me a clean carriage and a guard on every train. That would be a start.



J Collins
Oldham
Lancs