Friday, 30 September 2011

ORR nobbled!

What price Independent Economic Regulation on today's railway.

The supposed guardian of the level playing field is the Office of Rail Regulation whose website proudly proclaims:

The Office of Rail Regulation is the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain's railways

Alas, is that 'independence' now in question?

On the 25th May this year the ORR published Periodic Review 13 - First Consultation

On page 38 there is a table (5.1: Provisional high-level PR13 timetable) listing the activities that need to be completed so that PR13 determination can be implemented on the 1st April 2014, the start of CP5.

Item 3 in a long, long list is:

By 31 July 2011 - We publish a review of the role of open access operators in on rail competition


No you didn't.

A great big fat #Fail

And nor, apparently, has ORR met the revised publication date, of 'by the end of September'.

Eye wonders what could be causing such extended delays?

Congestion in Marsham Street?

UPDATE: And lo, like an Autumn mist, the congestion disappeared as the light shone upon it!

ORR Consultation on 'The potential for greater on-rail comp
etition' can be found here

Derbygate - the movie

At last some good news from Derby!

The local Labour party won an award at conference this week for being the best campaigning party in the country.

This was in recognition of its continuing campaign to save the UK's last rolling stock manufacturer and in recognition of the parliamentary petition, organised by Derby North MP Chris Williamson, which secured well over 50,000 signatures.

No doubt Petrol-head will be on-hand next week to open an envelope revealing a similar accolade from the Tories?

UPDATE: This from Rose Hill...

Remember earlier this year when DfT were concerned that the UK's studious compliance with EU rules was putting British companies at a disadvantage?

Well it seems like the fears were unfounded.

The UK is, after all, just as non compliant as the rest.

Witness yesterday's statement below, bringing us into line with 24 other member states:

"The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against France and the United Kingdom over their failure to implement legislation to open the market for rail services in the Channel Fixed Link. Compliance with EU legislation will contribute to more competition, which will lead to better services and prices for passengers and freight traffic."

What a relief.