TWENTY-FIRST REPORT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL AFAIRS COMMITTEE ON THE RAILWAY BILL. REPORT AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE TOGETHER WITH MINUTES OF EVIDENCE AND APPENDICES TAKEN BEFORE THE TRANSPORT SUB-COMMITTEE

The Railways Bill was presented to the UK House of Commons on 7 July 1999. Its purpose is to establish a Strategic Rail Authority to provide a clear, coherent and strategic programme for the development of railways. Following the Second Reading of the Railways Bill the Government proposed that it should be referred to the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee for serious examination. It was then referred to the Transport Committee. Written evidence and witness evidence was presented to an enquiry. Matters discussed in this report include the balance between freight and passenger use of railway infrastructure, railway safety and the incident at Ladbrke Grove, timetable production, setting of tariffs, railway financing, new rail services, environmental concerns, administration of services in the event of service failure or a lack of bids; international services; rail-bus links and replacement of rail services by buses; franchising; use of fines of service operators; the role of passenger transport authorities; disposal of land; light rail and heritage railways; rail regulation; open access to infrastructure; enforcement; line closures; policing and rail passenger representation. Recommendations for changes to clauses in the Bill are made.

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  • Publication Date: 1999

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  • English

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  • Pagination: lii+146p

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  • Accession Number: 00962673
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-10556472-9
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2003 12:00AM