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New Chairman appointed to Welsh rail watchdog


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Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

New Chairman appointed to Welsh rail watchdog
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date
29 February 2000
source Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
type Press release



Transport Minister Keith Hill today announced the appointment of Paul Harley as Chairman of the Rail Users Consultative Committee for Wales.

The appointment will run until 28 February 2004 and attracts a salary of 9,666 per annum.

Paul Harley lives in Newport and is a regular rail user. He is a director of several technology companies and is a computer consultant. He has been a member of the RUCC for Wales since March 1998.

RUCC Chairmen are also ex-officio members of the Central Rail Users Consultative Committee which is the national body.

Notes for editors

1. The CRUCC and the eight regional RUCCs were set up under the Railways Act 1993. Under provisions in the Transport Bill, sponsorship of the CRUCC and RUCCs will transfer to the Strategic Rail Authority in due course.

2. The Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions appoints the Chairmen of the RUCCs.

3. RUCCs operate as watchdogs for users of Britain's rail service. Rail users who do not receive a satisfactory response to their complaint from a train operator can contact the appropriate RUCC which may be able to take up the matter on their behalf.

4. In the case of closures of services or stations, the RUCCs have the power to hold public hearings; they can report on possible hardships and propose amendments to alleviate them.

5. The RUCCs can also consider any matter which is referred to them by the Secretary of State and the Rail Regulator, as well as any matter they feel they should look into.

The address of the RUCC for Wales is:
St David's House,
Wood Street,
Cardiff, CF1 1ES
Tel: 01222 227247
Fax:01222 223992

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