Supplementary memorandum by the Passenger
Transport Executive Group (PRF 15A)
In its Draft Directions and Guidance to the
SRA, Section 5.5 sets out the three key targets that the Government
expect the railway to achieve, briefly:
50 per cent increase in passenger
80 per cent increase in freight;
reductions in overcrowding.
These are amongst many targets set in the 10
Year Plan. The other targets relevant to rail are set out in Sections
5.6 and 5.7 of the Guidance. In setting the Strategic Rail Authority's
objectives, section 6.1 of the Draft Guidance, states that the
Strategic Rail Authority is required as its primary objective
to work within its statutory framework to deliver the targets
set out in Paragraph 5.5 above.
PTEG is concerned that concentration on three
of those targets, those set out in Paragraph 5.5, and ignoring
others which are set out in the 10 Year Plan and relate to local
transport delivery and which include:
Congestion in large and urban areas
reduced from a forecast growth of 15 per cent by 2010 to an 8
per cent reduction. In other urban areas congestion growth reduced
from 15 per cent to 7 per cent;
Better integration and co-ordination
between transport mergers with local transport plans and improved
Integrated information, ticketing
and booking, including smartcard ticketing;
Better access to jobs and services
including for deprived and rural areas;
will diminish the priority given to rail investment
in the major conurbations.
PTEG believes this could have been addressed
by either not relying on a target of 50 per cent passenger kilometres
but a target of increasing passenger numbers or alternatively
by the use of specific targets for different sectors of the business.
PTEG believes these should be developed jointly with the SRA as
part of the process of developing its Strategic Plan.
PTEG has other concerns about the Direction
and Guidance, in particular:
The conflict between the aim to improve
services and secure investment and short-term franchise extensions,
particularly in the conurbations;
Ensuring that PTEs will, as co-signatories
to the franchises, be fully involved in franchise development
The lack of comfort with regard to
ministerial commitments given in relation to the role of PTEs
and the status of the Local Transport Plan.
These were set out in more detail in the PTEG's
30 October 2001