Unsurprising, given that most people and the rail unions want it, the changes stop short of re-nationalisation. Instead we get tighter government control, with Network Rail assuming responsibility for the network.
Equally unsurprisingly, the Tory transport spokesman said "shifting responsibilities around Whitehall, replacing one set of bureaucrats with another" would not make the trains more reliable. Quite right, but over ten years of privatisation prove his cure is worse than the disease.
So may we anarchists make a modest proposal. Instead of the false choice of private versus state capitalism, we suggest socialisation. Turn the running of the railways to those who know it best: the railway workers. Neither state bureaucrats nor bosses can do the job. Only workers' self-management combined with effective passenger action groups can provide a decent service. But such an outcome will only happen if the rank and file of the rail unions review their union's commitment to nationalisation as the solution to their problems.
Those interested in anarchist ideas of workers' self-management, may we suggest the Freedom Press book "Neither Nationalisation nor Privatisation" as a good starting place on what we want and how it can be achieved.