Network Rail - Trains and Track Uniting

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Reference: 
2007/0935
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In view of reports that Network Rail are in discussion about the possible uniting of trains and track operation in Scotland, would a similar move in London be welcomed by the Mayor?

Answer

Answer for Network Rail - Trains and Track Uniting

Answer for Network Rail - Trains and Track Uniting

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The structure of the railways in Great Britain is governed by changes brought about by the 1993 Railways Act. There are no plans at present to change this structure and Network Rail currently has no powers to operate trains.The Department for Transport, Network Rail and TfL are working closely together to enhance the capacity of London's rail network. If a change in the structure of the rail industry was proposed, I would certainly consider the impact this might have for London.