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V618 - Railways (Operation) Bill 2013, TSR Government


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Railways (Operation) Act 2013

An Act to provide the United Kingdom with a competitive, cutting edge railway network.

BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Network Rail
  1. Network Rail Ltd is renamed as 'British Railways Ltd'.
  2. In the names of all subsidiaries of British Railways Ltd, the words 'Network Rail' are replaced with 'British Railways'.
  3. The Secretary of State will take over control of British Railways Ltd from the current guarantors.
  4. The Secretary of State will appoint a:
    1. Managing Director, and a
    2. Financial Director, and an
    3. Infrastructure Director, and a
    4. Maintenance Director, and a
    5. Services Director;
    who will form a new Board of Directors.
  5. British Railways Ltd will set, prior to each contract auction (see Section 2(3)), a price to charge railway companies per mile of track for usage for the next contract period. Prices should be chosen such that the profit of British Railways Ltd is equal to or greater than, but as close to, £0.00 as possible.


2 Railway Operator Contracting
  1. All current contracts to railway operators will continue as normal from enactment of this Act to the end of their franchise as per the provision laid out in Part 1, Section 1 of B540 at which point the replacement of their services will be laid out under the provisions of this section.
  2. British Railways Ltd shall determine the timetable for every railway route in the United Kingdom on the basis of need and service congestion.
  3. Each timeslot for each route shall then be put up for auction.
  4. Railway operating companies shall submit a bid to British Railways, expressing their interest in operating services.
  5. British Railways shall then decide which railway operating company shall run which services.
  6. No single railway operating company may operate on the same route more than once per hour.
  7. Unfilled timeslots will be operated by 'Directly Operated Railways', a subsidiary of British Railways Ltd, and will run under the trading name 'British Rail'.
  8. The criteria for choosing successful bids are, in order from most important to least, as follows:
    1. Trains operating on future ultra high speed lines must be capable of a top cruising speed of at least 200mph; greater speeds are better.
    2. Trains operating on the old high speed lines must be capable of a top speed of at least 125mph; greater speeds are better.
    3. Projected ticket prices; low prices are better.
    4. Quality of the service; higher quality is better.
    5. For all other lines, greater speeds are better.
  9. Timeslots will be auctioned by British Railways Ltd once every three years.
  10. Rail operating companies must purchase or lease their own rail assets; such as, but not limited to, rolling stock, subject to compliance of current and future technical regulations.
  11. Operation of railway stations owned by British Railways Ltd (formerly Network Rail) will be either though Directly Operated Railways, under the trading name 'British Rail', or can be contracted to private third party operators.


3 Fines, Refunds and Enforcement of Regularity
  1. A service is 'late' if it arrives at a station stop or terminus more than ten minutes later than the advertised time, as fixed in the bid submitted as per Section 2(4).
  2. A service is 'very late' if it arrives at a station stop or terminus more than half an hour minutes later than the advertised time, as fixed in the bid submitted as per Section 2(4).
  3. A service is 'cancelled' if it never leaves its departure terminal.
  4. A service is 'partially cancelled' if it never arrives or stops at a station stop or terminus as specified by the service plan provided by British Railways as per Section 2(2).
  5. A service is 'delayed' if it is either late, very late, partially cancelled or cancelled.
  6. All passengers are entitled to an automatic full refund if a service is cancelled.
  7. All passengers are entitled to an automatic partial refund equal to a percentage of their paid fare, where the percentage is the percentage of the journey remaining, measured in terms of station stops, as well as free alternative transport to their final destination if their service is partially cancelled.
  8. All passengers are entitled to a refund which must be claimed on connecting services if they are missed due to a service being very late, partially cancelled or cancelled.
  9. All passengers must submit refund claims to British Railways, regardless of their railway operating company.
  10. All refunds, automatic or claimed, are to be dealt with and fulfilled by British Railways.
  11. Where a service is delayed due to maintenance on or malfunctions of tracks, signals, electrical cabling and other infrastructure owned by British Railways, there is no at fault third party.
  12. Where a service is delayed due to a different service being delayed, the railway operating company of the latter service is the at fault third party (it is 'at fault').
  13. In all other instances of services being delayed, the railway operating company for that service is the at fault third party (it is 'at fault').
  14. British Railways shall fine the at fault third party for the full cost of all compensation paid out to passengers in accordance with Sections 3(6) to 3(8).
  15. Railway operating companies will be fined 10% of their revenue for the tax year if more than 25% of their services for that tax year are delayed, excluding those where this railway operating company is not at fault.
  16. At the end of each tax year, railway operating companies will be fined 1% of their revenue for that tax year for each service which is very late, partially cancelled or cancelled, excluding those where this railway operating company is not at fault.
  17. Railway operating companies will be deemed unable to complete their contract if the number of incidents for which they are at fault exceeds 25% of the total services run by that railway operating company.
  18. When a railway operating company is deemed unable to complete their contract their services are replaced by Directly Operated Railways until the next auction.


4 Short title, Extent, Enactment, etc.
  1. This Act may be referred to as the Railways (Operation) Act 2013.
  2. This Act extends to the entire United Kingdom.
  3. This Act will come into force immediately, following Royal Assent.



Changes for the Second Reading
Entire new Section 3 added.
Section 2(4) and (5) modified.


Notes for the Railways (Operation) Bill 2013
This Bill is an attempt to reorganise some of the UK's railway infrastructure into a system that makes it more friendly for future investment and modernisation.

Section 1 effectively nationalises Network Rail. There are no costs associated with this as it isn't owned by anyone.

Section 2 reorganises the way in which contracts are handed out to operating companies. In order to increase competition, multiple operators ought to be running on each route - no company is allowed to monopolise, for example, the London-Edinburgh route. It also outlines the criteria upon which British Railways should decided who gets the contracts.

Section 3 deals with fines and compensation.
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A closeish vote so far, looks like a government vs. the opposition bill!

Aye- 15
Nay- 11
Abstain- 5
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The Ayes to the right: 21
The Noes to the left: 16
Abstentions: 8

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