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Bidding process for new multi £million rail partnership fund launched


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Shadow Strategic Rail Authority

Bidding process for new multi £million rail partnership fund launched
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date
24 May 1999
source Shadow Strategic Rail Authority
type Press release



In OPRAF’s first move under the auspices of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority (SSRA), Franchising Director Mike Grant today published bidding guidance for parties wishing to submit applications for support under the Government’s new Rail Passenger Partnership (RPP) scheme. OPRAF’s revised Planning Criteria, against which bids will be appraised, were published in parallel.

The RPP scheme, announced in the Government’s 1998 Integrated Transport White Paper, represents an important building block in the SSRA’s preparation of a comprehensive strategic plan for Britain’s railways. It is designed to encourage and support innovative proposals for rail passenger services at local and regional level, and promote modal shift and integration with other forms of transport. It forms part of £105 million extra cash for new rail projects, spread over three years, as announced in DETR’s Departmental Annual Report 1999.

The Planning Criteria set out five main yardsticks, in line with the objectives of the Integrated Transport White Paper, against which bids will be judged. These are environment, safety, economy, accessibility and integration. Bids are welcome from local authorities, train operating companies, Passenger Transport Executives/ Authorities and private companies.

Welcoming the documents as a good example of the Government’s integrated transport policy, Mike Grant said:

"This is new money and provides a real opportunity for interested parties to ensure that service enhancements are concentrated on initiatives which meet local needs and provide value for passengers and the taxpayer.

" OPRAF has engaged in widespread consultation on this scheme. The publication of the two documents means that we are now formally open for business on evaluating bids. I look forward to a healthy response."

Sir Alastair Morton, Chairman of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority, said:

"This scheme looks forward to supporting valuable projects which will fill gaps in the provision of rail services. The spotlight will be on integration and expansion of services to users by train operators and other sponsors."

Notes to Editors

1. Media copies of Rail Passenger Partnership: Bidding Guidance and Planning Criteria: Appraisal of Support for Passenger Rail Services are available from OPRAF Press Office, and on the OPRAF website at www.sra.gov.uk

2. £105 million of new public funding was announced in DETR’s Departmental Annual Report 1999, published on 25 March. It covers Rail Passenger Partnership and Infrastructure Investment Fund for three years from 1999/ 2000 to 2001/ 2002.

3. The RPP scheme will be co-ordinated with other Government programmes, to ensure coherence in provision of public support for rail services and to ensure that the new schemes are complementary to current services.

Media Enquiries: OPRAF Press Office Tel: 0171 940 4294 / 4224 / 4234



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