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1999-08-26 SRA-001
Shadow Strategic Rail Authority


Morton calls on Railtrack to meet challenge of growing rail demand

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Shadow Strategic Rail Authority

Morton calls on Railtrack to meet challenge of growing rail demand

26 August 1999
source Shadow Strategic Rail Authority
type Press release

The Rail Regulator today published details of how he will approach the resetting of Railtrack’s access charges to take effect in Spring 2001. He calls on Railtrack to meet the challenge of providing for growing rail demand and better quality. Passenger demand has grown by over 20% over the last four years. Freight carryings have also risen dramatically.

Commenting on the Regulator’s proposals, SSRA Chairman Sir Alastair Morton said:

"I expect Railtrack to provide continuous improvement in a network offering better performance, more capacity, faster trains and better provision for freight. The industry needs more investment focused at meeting these requirements.

"It is part of our role to work with Railtrack, train operators, other funders and the Regulator to ensure that bottlenecks are addressed and growth and improved services provided, rather than just the repairing of the existing system.

"The SSRA is carrying out a wide ranging consultation with local authorities, other funding bodies, train operators and other stakeholders on the type and level of services the network should provide. This is the key first stage in preparing the SSRA ’s first Strategic Plan, to be published next spring."

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