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.
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.
Britain’s seven Passenger Transport Executives (which serve more than thirteen million people in some of the country’s largest city regions) have expressed their concern over Government proposals to strip them of their powers over local rail networks.
pteg today welcomed the Government's decision to go ahead with the Northern Rail franchise, and looks forward to working with Northern Rail operator - Serco-NedRailways.
pteg today welcomed Alistair Darling’s announcement that PTEs are to be given more powers over their local rail networks.
Kieran Preston, Director General of Metro, and Chair of pteg said:
pteg today welcomed the announcement that Serco-NedRailways is the preferred bidder for the Northern Trains franchise.
Kieran Preston, Director General of Metro and Chair of pteg, said:
Economic development in some of Britain’s largest regional cities could be held back through lack of investment in their commuter rail networks, a new report, launched today shows.
pteg is calling for PTEs to be given an enhanced role in the delivery of local rail services in its response to Alistair Darling’s rail review.
Roy Wicks, Director General of South Yorkshire PTE, takes the lead for pteg on rail: