It has been announced that Network Rail will be taking a lot of maintenance work away from private contractors and taking on 15000 in-house staff to do the day-to-day repairs instead.
The decision was made after maintenance projects, carried out by the contracting company Bechtel, overran over the Christmas period. The delays caused station closures and great upheaval for a 4-day period, affecting over 50000 passengers each day.
A senior Network Rail official said "This episode calls into question the future role of contractors and one of the options is to take more of the work in-house."
Others who may lose out include Jarvis, Balfour Beatty, Amey and First Engineering.