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Rail Regulator agrees closure of lines in former Bristol Bath Road depot


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Office of the Rail Regulator

Rail Regulator agrees closure of lines in former Bristol Bath Road depot
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date
27 October 1998
source Office of the Rail Regulator
type Press release

note ORR/98/31


John Swift QC, the Rail Regulator, has today given his consent to a proposal by Railtrack PLC to close the railway track within the former Bristol Bath Road Light Maintenance Depot. On the evidence available to him, the Regulator determined that no train operator had a reasonable requirement to use the track in the former depot, now or in the foreseeable future. The Regulator does not consider that the closure will have any adverse effect on the ability of the railway network as a whole to cope with future passenger and freight services. Maintenance services at Bath Road depot ceased to traffic on 28 September 1995.

Railtrack's proposal to remove the track from the site of the former Light Maintenance Depot (LMD), in order to redevelop it, was supported by the Passenger Rail Franchising Director and was then considered by the Rail Regulator. Taking into account ten objections received from members of the public and other interested parties, including Bristol City Council, the Regulator concluded that he should give his consent to the proposal to close the network within the depot.

Objectors to the proposed closure called for the track to remain in place, so that the site of the former depot could be preserved for future use if a railway-related role is identified for it. This view was supported by the Rail Users' Consultative Committee (RUCC) for Western England. In their statutory report on this proposal to the Regulator, the RUCC recommended that the site and the network on should be retained for possible long-term development of passenger railway services in Western England. The Rail Regulator could find no evidence to support this.

Notes for Editors:

Bristol Bath Road LMD was formerly operated by Great Western Trains. The Regulator certified the closure of the LMD as a minor closure under section 41 of the Railways Act 1993 on 6 July 1995 and the depot ceased all operations on 28 September 1995. In considering the closure of the LMD the Regulator consulted widely, seeking the views of the railway industry through those train operators using the depot and also the views of passengers through the RUCC. Railtrack subsequently decided that they wished to clear the site of the former LMD for redevelopment. This involved a network closure under section 39 of the Railways Act 1993 and the Franchising Director published notice of the proposed closure on 31 March 1998.

A copy of the Regulator's decision has been placed on his public register and can be inspected on any working day between 10.00 hrs and 16.00 hrs at the Office of the Rail Regulator, 1 Waterhouse Square, 138-142 Holborn, London EC1N 2ST on receipt of the appropriate fee. Requests for copies of the decision should be addressed to Sue MacSwan, Librarian, at the above address, tel: 0171-282 2001.

Any person aggrieved by the Regulator's decision may refer it to the Secretary of State by giving notice in writing, including a statement of the reasons why he or she is aggrieved. Any appeals should be made no later than 24 November 1998 (i.e. within four weeks of the date of the Regulator's decision) and should be addressed to: Paul Hogg, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Zone 3/33, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR, facsimile 0171-676 2156.


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