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1998-06-25 ORR-001
Office of the Rail Regulator


Evaluating new service opportunities for passengers

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Office of the Rail Regulator

Evaluating new service opportunities for passengers

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New service opportunities for passengers - criteria for evaluation (ORR, 1998)


25 June 1998
source Office of the Rail Regulator
type Press release

note ORR/98/22

The Rail Regulator, John Swift QC, today published a consultation document detailing his proposed approach to evaluating proposals for new rail services that will be able to operate when the current constraints are relaxed next year. In March of this year he indicated that these plans to open up the passenger rail market would proceed as planned with effect from September 1999. This consultation document forms part of the framework within which the development of new services will be allowed.

Commenting on the document Mr. Swift said:

"When I consulted the industry last October, there was particular concern that the opening up of the network be effectively regulated. Consultees confirmed the importance of avoiding the potentially destructive elements of competition. It is essential that this development takes place with appropriate safeguards. These need to take account of the special nature of the market, and to uphold the public interest in securing an integrated railway where services supported by taxpayers are not undemlined and network benefits are protected. This document represents my proposed approach to achieving this objective".

The approach outlined in this document builds upon the Regulator's current approach to evaluating new services. In addition, he now proposes to incorporate the OPRAF Planning Criteria into the framework by which he will evaluate new services. Mr Swift said: "I believe the approach proposed in this document represents a credible way of evaluating new services and one which provides safeguards for both passengers and taxpayers. But I will want to consider responses carefully to ensure that these objectives are delivered when new services begin to operate".

Please note that the response date in the document is wrong. Responses are now requested by 5 August. The Regulator expects to publish a policy statement by the end of September.

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