Train Operating Companies: Industrial Relations

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 20 January 2023.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has provided additional funding to Network Rail to compensate for reduced track access charges from train operating companies arising from industrial action.

Photo of Huw Merriman Huw Merriman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

When industrial action by Network Rail employees results in fewer passenger services operating, this has an impact on the amount of variable track access charges paid to Network Rail by train operating companies. Network Rail has thus far been able to offset the impact of reduced income from track access charge through its risk funding. Any requirement for additional funding will be considered through the Supplementary Estimate process.

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