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Britain’s Railways, 1997–2005Labour's Strategic Experiment$
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Terry Gourvish

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199236602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236602.001.0001

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The Rail Review and its Aftermath, 2004–5

The Rail Review and its Aftermath, 2004–5

(p.219) 7 The Rail Review and its Aftermath, 2004–5
Britain’s Railways, 1997–2005

Terry Gourvish

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by discussing the departmental review of the railway industry, announced in January 2004, provoked by increasing concerns about how much the government was spending on infrastructure maintenance and renewal, enhancement projects, and franchising operations during 2003–4. Subsequently, it talks about the creation of the White Paper and the discussion of issues such as costs and performance, franchise remapping, regulation and safety, market participation/open access, ROSCO leasing, and devolution. It then discusses several points with regard to monitoring costs in the rail industry and in Network Rail, and the winding up of the SRA.

Keywords:   rail review, White Paper, performance, franchise remapping, ROSCO, leasing, Network Rail, strategic rail authority

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