Railways: Maintenance

House of Lords written question – answered at on 7 November 2013.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the maintenance Network Rail undertakes of vacant land it owns near to railway lines.

Photo of Baroness Kramer Baroness Kramer Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government has made no assessment of Network Rail’s maintenance of its line-side operational land. Network Rail is a private sector company limited by guarantee and this is an operational matter for the company, in which Ministers have no powers to intervene.

Network Rail has its own operational policies on litter and rubbish clearance, consistent with current legislation. The company operates under a network licence enforced and amended by the independent Office of Rail Regulation.

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