Department for Transport consultation on railway closures

Consultation (83 pages, PDF) on the implementation in England and Wales of new statutory provisions for railway closures and minor modifications. The document seems very similar to the one issued on behalf of the Scottish Ministers, with distinctions between Scotland and England and Wales drawn within the text of the proposed guidance rather than through the separate guidance documents envisaged by Section 42 of the Act. One difference between the jurisdictions is that the Department for Transport appears to be more committed to the use of a numerical threshold in benefit-cost analysis, to the effect that ORR should only allow a part of the railway to be closed if the benefits of retaining it are less than 150 per cent of its costs. Responses are also due by Friday 21 April 2006.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under DfT, ORR, Public transport.

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