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2000-04-12 ORR-001
Office of the Rail Regulator


Regulator announces next stage of the new regulatory programme

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Office of the Rail Regulator

Regulator announces next stage of the new regulatory programme

12 April 2000
source Office of the Rail Regulator
type Press release

note ORR/00/10

The Rail Regulator, Tom Winsor, today published detailed plans for the next twelve months regulating a railway industry facing important challenges. In an speech to the Railway Study Association in London later today, Tom Winsor will set out the responsibilities of his Office, as he sees them in relation to those of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority (SSRA), Railtrack and the Government up to and after the enactment of the Transport Bill. Tom Winsor said:

"With the Transport Bill passing through Parliament, the refranchising process under way, and the rail industry facing the challenge of rising passenger numbers, the coming year represents a watershed in the development of railways in Britain.

"Legislative changes will bring improved clarity to the regulatory regime, replacing the complexities left behind in the wake of privatisation with clearly defined roles for the Rail Regulator and for the Strategic Rail Authority.

"My role as the independent Regulator is to set Railtrack’s access charges, facilitiate investment, supervise access to the network, enforce licences and exercise new powers under the Competition Act 1998. The Strategic Rail Authority is a politically accountable body bringing over £1.5bn of Government funding into the rail industry to buy services. Under the new legislation, it will also take over the consumer protection functions currently undertaken by the Rail Regulator. But there is a commonality of purpose between the Rail Regulator and the Strategic Rail Authority, working jointly to ensure that passenger interests come first in the delivery of a railway fit for Britain in the 21st century.

"Since I was appointed in July 1999 my Office has stepped up the pace and effectiveness of regulation very considerably. The results are beginning to show, and we are not stopping now. Today’s Operational Plan is a continuation of the intensive work and achievements of the last eight months. It establishes a programme for the next year which will hold the railway companies which I regulate properly and fully to account.

"Through firm and fair regulation, I will endeavour to ensure that the railway delivers on its promises – the patience of passengers, freight users and the taxpayer will allow nothing less. In doing this I recognise that my responsibility to define as clearly as possible what is expected of the companies I regulate and to be transparent, stable and predictable in my decision making."

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[The ORR Operational Plan is available from the ORR website as an Acrobat PDF file.]

PRESS ENQUIRIES : ORR Press Office 020 7282 2002/2007

Fax: 020 7282 2047; pager no. 07659 127303.

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