I believe it interesting to see the numbers are presented. Both sides of politics have been responsible for the running down of the network and the people in the various departments have an inbred culture of can't do and shouldn't do. You really cant blame one party of another although you might argue the Jeff Kennett cuts were too deep and at the wrong time when the network needed to be supported. Kennett divided the community.
Bevans, you keep avoiding the actual issue most of us have with the RRA. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and equally, everyone is entitled to criticise others’ opinions.
Railpage publishes rail-related content from a casts number of global sources, a massive undertaking which is very enjoyable and informative for many of us. Moreover, the access to a broad range of sources enriches discussions and encourages thoughtful commentary.
The problem is, though, that rational and interesting debate is not possible when blatantly false information is presented as fact in the name of an agenda. I implore you to read this, and other threads which have taken a similar turn, in order to appreciate that the content published by the RRA has a history of misleading information, poor writing and a “ranty” style which does not encourage sensible engagement. Whether any of this is intentional is not relevant: this is not a court of law and intention need not come into it.
I reiterate my plea for you to protect the reputation of Railpage, to protect your own reputation and to take a very simple action that will make this website more enjoyable for the vast majority of users.