House of Lords
Session 1996-7
Publications on the internet
European Communities Reports

Community Railway Strategy

Here you can browse the 7th Report of the European Communities Committee which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 18 February 1997.

SUMMARY OF CONTENTS
Press Release
Report: Contents
Report: text
Report: summary of conclusions and recommendations
Membership of Sub-Committee B
List of Witnesses

The published version of the Report (with oral and written evidence) is available from the Stationery Office, price £15.50 (ISBN 0 10 404697 X)

TABLE OF CONTENTS


DescriptionParagraph

PART 1 INTRODUCTION1

PART 2 VIEWS OF WITNESSES9
The decline of rail and the case for change9
    Rail freight12
General reactions to the White Paper14
    The implications for the United Kingdom17
    The Community of European Railways19
    The view of SNCF20
    The trades unions22
Rail in a wider context23
    Competition with road23
    Environmental benefits29
Reforming railway finances31
Introducing market forces35
    Privatisation37
    Track access charges in the United Kingdom42
Open access46
    Rail freight freeways50
    Exclusive concessions for passenger services55
    Separation of infrastructure and operations56
    Regulation and the case for a European Railway Agency63
Rail as a public service66
    Financing of infrastructure69
Integration and interoperability71
Social aspects
78

PART 3 OPINION OF THE COMMITTEE83
Introducing Market Forces87
    Privatisation88
    Subsidy arrangements89
Reforming railway finances90
Open access91
    Separation of infrastructure and operations93
    Rail freight freeways94
    Track access charges95
    The case for a European Railway Agency96
Integration and Interoperability97
    Safety98
Social aspects
99

PART 4 SUMMARY OF CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS100
Recommendation
112

Appendix 1-Membership of Sub-Committee B 

Appendix 2-List of witnesses
 



 


© Parliamentary copyright 1997
Prepared 26 February 1997