Regional and Urban Rail
Following on from a Parliamentary debate today, pteg expressed concern that overcrowding at key regional rail hubs could get worse as the Department of Transport is seeking to scale down its planned investment in additional rolling stock for the North’s rail network.
This Christmas, instead of sending Christmas cards, pteg is making a donation to support the valuable work of Railway Children. Railway Children work to stop the abuse of children living alone and at risk on the streets. Many of these children live in or around railway stations.
TRANSPORT Secretary Ruth Kelly today joined the family of Barbara Castle to help name a Northern Rail train after the late Labour MP and first woman Transport Minister.
Cllr Mark Dowd OBE, the new Chair of the group of six Passenger Transport Authorities (which represents the six English metropolitan areas of England) has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Ruth Kelly MP, to welcome the prospect of greater influence over local rail networks.
Geoff Inskip, Director General of Centro takes the lead for pteg on rail issues:
Passenger Transport Authorities (PTAs) for six of Britain’s largest city regions have welcomed plans for 1,000 new carriages – but have called on Government to ensure that Britain’s booming city regions get their fair share of the investment.
Roy Wicks, Director General of South Yorkshire PTE, and lead spokesperson on rail issues for pteg, today said:
Responding to Alistair Darling’s speech at a national rail conference on 15th March 2006, pteg Support Unit, Director, Tim Larner, said:
pteg said today it was disappointed that the Government has pushed through clauses in the Railways Bill that will remove the PTEs’ automatic right to be co-signatories of rail franchises  – despite considerable cross party opposition in both the upper and lower houses. The PTEs have used the
pteg expressed its concern today over clauses in the Railways Bill (published today) which would remove the PTEs’ powers to plan and manage local rail networks.