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Network Rail responds to ORR charges review

Track access charges need greater transparency to make them more comprehensible to users, but too much complexity could be costly and would be difficult to implement .That’s the general verdict of responses to ORR’s recent consultation on network track access charges for CP6 (2019-24). Continue reading Network Rail responds to ORR charges review

Shaw report rejects full bloodied privatisation but welcomes private capital

The long expected Shaw report –The future shape and financing of Network Rail – has finally been released and partially allays fears about large scale privatisation; but it argues that alternative sources of finance need to be found. Shaw also calls for greater rail devolution and for a new Northern route to serve the north of England. Continue reading Shaw report rejects full bloodied privatisation but welcomes private capital

Old Oak Common development “the biggest con-trick in the book”  says former transport minister

The Old Oak Common development is a con-trick that will fail to deliver on homes and jobs and will end up costing the taxpayer over £1bn says ex Tory transport minister Steven Norris. His comments were made at Landor’s 16th Rail Stations & Property Summit conference . Continue reading Old Oak Common development “the biggest con-trick in the book” says former transport minister

Network Rail charges to be reviewed

Following concerns that there is a mismatch between what Network Rail raises in charges and how it apportions costs between different parts of the network, the ORR has issued a consultation document for PR 18 (the 2018 periodic review). Responses have to be in by 4th March. The findings will help ORR to formulate Network Rail plans in the next control period (CP6, 2019-24), and indeed beyond. Continue reading Network Rail charges to be reviewed