Increasing passenger rail capacity: Department for Transport and the Office for Rail Regulation
House of Commons papers 33 2010-11
- Corporate Author:
- Great Britain National Audit Office
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
This report points out that the Department for Transport's latest plans for increasing rail capacity would not deliver as much extra capacity as originally specified, although the taxpayer would have provided nearly as much financial support (£1.2 billion over the period 2009-14) to train companies as originally envisaged. Value for money is also at risk because costs, particularly of rail carriages, have risen at the same time as the recession has reduced the Department's projections of demand. Against this background, the Department has reviewed each individual scheme before entering into contract to ensure that it still offers value for money. By March 2010, the Department had secured use of 526 extra carriages, with a further 106 ordered and due to be ready for operation by 2012. Capacity is now expected for 99,000 extra passengers into London in the morning peak (between 07:00 and 09:59), 15 per cent fewer than originally envisaged, and 25,500 extra passengers into other English cities, 33 per cent fewer. Passenger Transport Executives in the North of England - local government bodies responsible for the public transport in major cities - feel that their expectations for increased capacity in their area have not been met. In 2007 the DfT published a thirty-year strategy which set aside £9 billion for capacity increases. Within this, £7 billion was allocated to Network Rail. The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) scrutinised Network Rail's plans to but the level of cost detail available to ORR restricts its ability to judge or evaluate.
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