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1997-10-22 RTK-001
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Railtrack launches partnership in railway development guide

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Railtrack plc

Railtrack launches partnership in railway development guide

22 October 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

Railtrack and the Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers (ATCO) have launched a guide to develop and implement joint projects to improve railway infrastructure and services.

"Partnership in Railway Development" was launched in Birmingham, today, at a meeting between Railtrack and local authorities, Passenger Transport Executives and rail users consultative committees.

The 40-page guide affirms the principle of partnership in railway development and offers a framework for taking forward partnership projects to provide enhanced services and facilities which will attract more passengers to the railway.

For many years local authorities and Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs) have been active in railway infrastructure investment, putting forward and funding projects ranging from station improvements and new stations to line electrification, resignalling schemes and the inauguration of new passenger services.

Introducing the guide, Railtrack’s Chairman Sir Robert Horton said its publication was "to foster a greater understanding of each other’s planning and funding processes."

He added: "This understanding is an important step towards a genuinely integrated transport policy and is essential if local communities are to secure the benefits of better public transport."

The guide would encourage and facilitate more partnership initiatives between Railtrack and local authorities, he said.

"If rail is to play a growing role in both regional and national economies, as I firmly intend it should, partnerships at all levels are essential," said Sir Robert.

Darien Goodwin, Chairman of ATCO, in his introduction, said partnership between local authorities and the railway industry had developed in many parts of the country over a number of years and had resulted in many valuable projects being implemented.

"Whether an improvement to an existing station or a wholly new train service, these schemes expand the market for rail services, improve the environment and assist in relieving road congestion.

"Both local government and the railway industry are experiencing upheaval with new organisations, new structures and new relationships which are still settling down. It is important that this valuable partnership continues but, in order for it to do so, it is essential that the issues and procedures which have to be addressed are clearly understood," he said.

"ATCO hopes that this joint initiative with Railtrack will provide a firm basis on which projects already identified and others not yet contemplated, can be evaluated and funding secured and completed," he added.

The guide sets out a four stage framework for developing and implementing partnership projects, including concept, feasibility, planning (design and development) and implementation.

"The guide will encourage and facilitate more partnership initiatives between Railtrack and local authorities," concluded Sir Robert. "We look forward to working together to create a railway fit for the demands of the 21st century."

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