Regional and Urban Rail
Modern and efficient rail networks are key to ensuring that city regions can grow in a green and smart way. But to realise the potential of urban rail, remote control by Whitehall needs to be replaced with local control by the city regions themselves. Only then can rail play its part in the fully integrated, responsive public transport networks that the city regions need.
pteg today welcomed Alistair Darling’s announcement that powers over local rail services could be devolved to the Passenger Transport Executives.
Roy Wicks, Director General of South Yorkshire PTE, takes the lead for pteg on rail:
pteg described the Strategic Rail Authority’s rolling stock strategy released today as, ‘a welcome commitment from the SRA to better manage and coordinate decisions on rolling stock,’ but said, ‘there was still no clear plan for providing the extra trains needed to tackle worsening
pteg has commissioned a new report – ‘The Case for Rail in the Conurbations’. Transport consultants JMP have been commissioned to produce the report which will examine the role of rail in the conurbations in the context of the full range of relevant Government policy objectives.
pteg is calling for train leasing charges that reflect the quality and type of train, and for more transparency and flexibility in train lease contracts to tackle overcrowding on PTE rail networks.
pteg (which represents Britain’s seven PTEs) today welcomed a House of Commons Transport Select Committee report into ‘Railways in the North of England’.