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1999-07-07 SRA-001
Shadow Strategic Rail Authority


Mission statement for the Strategic Rail Authority

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Shadow Strategic Rail Authority

Mission statement for the Strategic Rail Authority

7 July 1999
source Shadow Strategic Rail Authority
type Press release

Introduction by the Government today of the new Railways Bill was warmly welcomed by Sir Alastair Morton, Chairman of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority (SSRA) and Mike Grant, the Franchising Director and Chief Executive designate of the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) being formalised by the Bill.

The SRA will encourage the use of the railway network for the benefit of passengers and freight, work towards its development, and contribute towards the development of a properly integrated transport system for passengers and freight.

Hailing the move as a significant step forward in the development of Britain’s rail system of the future, Sir Alastair said:

" We are already busy, but the framework needed review to accommodate both this Government’s intentions and the lessons learned since the 1993 Act. The way forward is clear - there is a great deal to do, starting with our strategic overview" .

Mike Grant commented:

"Since the SRA was created in shadow form just over three months ago, much has been done to bring together the main constituent parts - OPRAF and the BRB - together to focus on the task ahead. In due course, parts of the Rail Regulator’s office and DETR will join us.

"A new executive structure has been agreed and several appointments, including a new Freight Director and the first of our Technical Directors have either been or are about to be made.

" At present, the SSRA is using existing OPRAF and BRB powers to develop processes for the reletting, extension, and renegotiation of rail franchises, but the new legislation will put the Strategic Rail Authority on a formal statutory footing, enabling it to promote investment to develop the rail network’s capacity and service delivery ".

Note to Editors

Until the Bill receives Royal Assent, the Franchising Director and Chairman of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority will exercise their powers under the Railways Act 1993, the Transport Act 1962, and the British Coal and British Rail (Transfer proposals) Act 1993.

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