Clause 69

Local Transport Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 7:31 pm on 6 May 2008.

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Power to confer non-rail functions on the Rail Passengers’ Council

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Transport)

There is just one small point that I would like to make about clause 69. Our consultation on strengthening the representation of bus passengers raised the issue of other public transport modes. A number of respondents to the consultation, including the Campaign for Better Transport, highlighted the importance of ensuring a statutory voice for light rail and tram passengers, as well as for bus users, and they suggested that any public transport watchdog should  be able to look across modes of transport, so that passengers’ end-to-end journeys were looked at as a whole. We need to examine the issue a little further, but I should like to give the Committee notice that it is one that the Government may wish to return to on Report, specifically in relation to light rail and tram passengers.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 69 ordered to stand part of the Bill.