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1999-05-13 ORR-001
Office of the Rail Regulator


Rail Regulator publishes guidance on closures of light maintenance depots

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Office of the Rail Regulator

Rail Regulator publishes guidance on closures of light maintenance depots

13 May 1999
source Office of the Rail Regulator
type Press release

note ORR/99/17

The Rail Regulator, Chris Bolt, has today published advice summarising the statutory, contractural and regulatory procedures to be followed in relation to closure proposals involving light maintenance depots.

Currently, there are some 90 light maintenance depots providing services to the operator's own and other companies' passenger vehicles, freight vehicles plus maintenance and renewal vehicles on the rail network under access agreements approved by the Rail Regulator.

Developments in the light maintenance market allied to commercial pressures within the railway industry are encouraging operators to manage their resources in the most cost effective way possible, leading some to rationalise their activities. Typically, this requires new facilities but even where facilities are to be replaced, or improved, permission to close the existing facilities may be required.

The Regulator has issued this general advice to all depot operators who intend to close parts of, or all of, their facilities. It is also intended to supplement information previously issued by the Regulator in February 1998 about railway closures.

Depot Closures - Advice on closures of light maintenance depots and parts of them is available via this link or from Sue MacSwan, ORR Librarian, 1 Waterhouse Square, 138-142 Holborn, London EC1N 2TQ. (Tel : 0171 282 2001; Fax: 0171 282 2045; e-mail : It can also be found on the Regulator's web site :

ORR Press Office 0171 282 2002/2007
(Out of Office hours pager : 0941 148521).

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