The Transport Committee broadly welcomes the European Commission's 4th Railway Package but believes it focuses too much on liberalising the railway in domestic markets at the expense of important measures to improve cross-border freight and passenger services. The Committee recommends the UK Government should actively negotiate to ensure: joint working between Network Rail and train operators is not prohibited or unduly restricted; metro and light rail systems are not affected by the proposals to separate infrastructure and service operators; the UK's arrangements for letting train franchises are not challenged. In addition, MPs are concerned about: governance arrangements for Eurotunnel; the maximum annual threshold proposed for rail franchises, which could prevent UK companies bidding for work in other EU countries; and the possibility that the EU may become responsible for specifying the content of public transport plans: these should remain the responsibility of national or local governments.Are you looking at a rate of growth of usage of rail in the UK or in Europe as a whole? ... Q8 Chair: Does that mean you think that the rail market in the UK is right and this package is to do with other countries? ... true competition in the passenger market by private operators establishing competing services or through operators bidding for public service contracts, it would have a very big impact in most of.
|Title||:||The European Commission's 4th Railway Package|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Transport Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2013-04-23|