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Railways: International Passenger Trains

Volume 707: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the definition of an international passenger service to which the draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 will apply. [HL835]

The definition of an international passenger service used in directive 2007/58/EC will apply to the draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009:

“international passenger service” shall mean a passenger service where the train crosses at least one border of a member state and where the principal purpose of the service is to carry passengers between stations located in different member states; the train may be joined and/or split, and the different sections may have different origins and destinations, provided that all carriages cross at least one border.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, under what circumstances international passenger trains will be able to carry passengers within the United Kingdom between Ashford International, Stratford, London St Pancras, stations north of London, on the west coast main line, Midland main line and east coast main line. [HL836]

Under draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, any railway undertaking may request access to infrastructure to operate an international passenger service from 1 January 2010. This will include the right to pick up and set down passengers at any station located on the international route within Great Britain. However, the Office of Rail Regulation may limit the access rights if the proposed international service would compromise the economic equilibrium of a relevant public service contract.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, whether they intend to implement the legislation allowing them to levy an additional charge on such trains offering domestic journeys. [HL837]

The Government do not propose implementing a provision within directive 2007/58/EC allowing the authorities responsible for rail passenger transport to impose a levy on railway undertakings providing passenger services, as it would place an unnecessary burden on train operating companies.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, whether they will refuse rights to operate within the United Kingdom to operators from member states which do not permit United Kingdom operators to operate there. [HL838]

The objective of directive 2007/58/EC on the liberalisation of international passenger rail services is to open up the international passenger rail market in Europe. From 1 January 2010, member states will no longer be able to refuse potential operators of international passenger services access to their infrastructure.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, who will fix and approve access charges for international passenger services operating in the United Kingdom on High Speed 1 and on lines regulated by the Office of Rail Regulation; and in what circumstances those charges will vary from those paid by domestic passenger operators. [HL839]

Charges for the use of HS1 will be fixed by HS1 Ltd in its role as infrastructure manager and will be published in a network statement. Those charges must be in accordance with a charging framework that will be established by the Secretary of State.

It is proposed that the Office of Rail Regulation shall have the statutory responsibility for ensuring that the charges imposed by HS1 Ltd are in compliance with the relevant regulations. In addition it is proposed that the Office of Rail Regulation will from time to time review the efficiency of the charges and act as the appeal body in the event of any complaint.

Provided HS1 Ltd’s charges are efficient and otherwise compliant with the relevant regulations they need not be the same for both international and domestic passenger services.

Charges imposed on any international passenger operators on the national network will be fixed by Network Rail in accordance with the charging framework established by the Office of Rail Regulation.