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Railways

Transport written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) whether his Department is taking steps to implement the recommendation of the final independent report of the Rail Value for Money Study that train operating companies should be liable to pay penalties for exceeding overcrowding limits;

(2) with reference to the recommendations of the final independent report of the Rail Value for Money Study, what progress his Department has made on developing a high-level framework for rail asset management to reduce costs associated with the rail network;

(3) with reference to the recommendations of the final independent report of the Rail Value for Money Study, whether he plans to introduce legislative proposals to give Network Rail statutory powers to acquire temporary or permanent interests in land owned by third parties;

(4) with reference to the recommendations of the final independent report of the Rail Value for Money Study, what plans he has to improve the rail network’s asset condition monitoring;

(5) with reference to the recommendations of the final independent report of the Rail Value for Money Study, if his Department will produce a best-practice framework for major whole-system programmes in the rail network.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The Department for Transport has received Sir Roy McNulty’s final report on the value for money of the railway. The Department will be working closely with the Office of Rail Regulation and the rail industry over the next few months to analyse Sir Roy’s recommendations and to agree proposals for the reform of the industry. The Government are committed to publishing their proposals for the future of the rail industry before the end of the year.

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