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.
Regional and Urban Rail
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.
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: