The European Commission's 4th Railway Package
HC 1001, Twelfth Report of Session 2012-13 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Transport Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'The European Commission's 4th Railway Package (HC 1001)' examines the fourth in a series of Packages of railway legislation brought forward by the European Commission.
The Committee broadly welcomes the 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 actively negotiate to ensure:
(i) joint working between Network Rail and train operators is not prohibited or unduly restricted;
(ii) metro and light rail systems are not affected by the proposals to separate infrastructure and service operators; and
(iii) 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, which should remain the responsibility of national or local governments.
This is unlikely to be the Commission's final Package of railway measures.
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