Wednesday 27 October 2021

 

< back | business | images | knowledge | library | rail unveiled | home

archive

::: RMT threatens national industrial action over service cuts



Railhub Archive
2001-06-29 DTR-001
Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

0

New direction and focus for the Strategic Rail Authority


keywords: click to search


Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions



Phrases in [single square brackets] are hyperlinks in the original document

Phrases in [[double square brackets]] are editorial additions or corrections

Phrases in [[[triple square brackets]]] indicate embedded images or graphics in the original document. (These are not usually archived unless they contain significant additional information.)


Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

New direction and focus for the Strategic Rail Authority
_______________________________________________________________


related documents


2001-06-29 Train companies back Byers' delivery call (ATOC)

_______________________________________________________________


date
29 Jun 2001 00:00
source Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions
type Press release



Byers Issues Draft Directions and Guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority

Stephen Byers, Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, today issued for consultation draft Directions and Guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority. He also warned the rail industry to stop the buck passing and start working together to deliver real improvements for passengers.

Stephen Byers said:

''Today''s performance figures published by the Strategic Rail Authority make grim reading and confirm the personal experience of many passengers.

''Coupled with the figures for SPADs in May the time has come for the industry to get its act together. The industry has to do better and everyone has to work together to deliver the Government''s Ten Year Transport plan. The public are fed-up with no-one taking responsibility and instead pointing the finger of blame at someone else.

''Everyone in the rail industry has to share responsibility. As the new Secretary of State I am firmly of the view that if the industry works together then the railway network will improve and deliver for the travelling public.

''Today I am using the powers I have under the Transport Act 2000 to issue draft Directions and Guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA). The Directions and Guidance make clear that the top priority for everyone is delivering the objectives set out in the 10 Year Plan.''

Stephen Byers has set the Authority twelve objectives. They cover:-

* The need to concentrate on delivering the 10 Year Plan;

* Driving up standards of punctuality, safety and comfort across all franchised services;

* A much clearer and focussed approach to franchising.

The key targets set out in the Government''s 10 Year Plan are:

* An increase in passenger rail use of 50% by 2010;

* A reduction in overcrowding to meet SRA standards by 2010; and

* A significant increase in rail freight''s share of the freight market by 2010.

Stephen Byers announced he would publish a paper on 16 July setting out in full the new approach to franchising.

Commenting on the appointment of a successor to Sir Alastair Morton as Chairman of the SRA, Stephen Byers said:

''Sir Alastair Morton announced on Tuesday that he will not be seeking a further term as Chairman of the SRA. I would like to thank Sir Alastair for all his work.

''Sir Alastair has agreed he will step down as soon as a new Chairman is appointed. The process for appointing his successor has already begun. I am looking to make a new appointment as quickly as possible within the rules for public appointments of this kind. I want the new Chairman to be able to contribute to the Strategic Plan which I have asked the SRA to publish in November.''

Press Enquiries: 020 7944 3108; out of hours: 020 7944 5925 E-mail: press@dtlr.gov.uk Public Enquiries: 020 7944 3000 DTLR website - http://www.dtlr.gov.uk


Railhub Archive ::: 2001-06-29 DTR-001





Wednesday
27




Not logged on
Visitor










5 stories



16 documents





1 document



7 documents