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(1)It shall be the general duty of London Regional Transport, in accordance with principles from time to time approved by the Secretary of State and [F1(if and to the extent that the Railways Board continues to be under a duty by virtue of section 3 of the M1Transport Act 1962 to provide railway services in Greater London)] in conjunction with the Railways Board, to provide or secure the provision of public passenger transport services for Greater London.
(2)In carrying out that duty London Regional Transport shall have due regard to—
(a)the transport needs for the time being of Greater London; and
(b)efficiency, economy and safety of operation.
(3)[F2If and so long as the Railways Board continues to be under a duty by virtue of section 3 of the M2Transport Act 1962 to provide railway services in Greater London,]It shall be the duty of London Regional Transport and the Railways Board, either acting directly, or acting indirectly through subsidiaries of theirs, to co-operate with one another in the exercise and performance of their respective functions for the purpose—
(a)of co-ordinating the passenger transport services provided by, or by subsidiaries of, those authorities respectively; and
(b)of securing or facillitating the proper discharge of London Regional Transport’s duty under subsection (1) above;
and to afford to one another such information as to their services as may reasonably be required for those purposes.
[F3(3A)It shall be the duty of London Regional Transport (either acting directly, or acting indirectly through subsidiaries of theirs) and the Franchising Director to co-operate with one another in the exercise and performance of their respective functions for the purpose—
(a)of co-ordinating the passenger transport services for persons travelling within, to, or from Greater London—
(i)which are provided by London Regional Transport or their subsidiaries; and
(ii)which are provided under franchise agreements, or whose provision is secured by the Franchising Director pursuant to section 30, 37 or 38 of the Railways Act 1993; and
(b) of securing or facilitating the proper discharge of London Regional Transport’s duty under subsection (1) above;
and to afford to one another such information as to the services mentioned in paragraph (a) above as may reasonably be required for those purposes.]
(4)For the purposes of the co-operation required of them under [F4subsection (3) or, as the case may be, subsection (3A) above—
(a)]London Regional Transport and the Railways Board [F5or
(b)London Regional Transport and the Franchising Director,]
shall have power to enter into such arrangements with one another with respect to the exercise and performance of their respective functions on such terms as may appear to them to be expedient.
[F6(4A)The references in subsections (3A) and (4) above to the respective functions of London Regional Transport and the Franchising Director shall be taken, in the case of the functions of the Franchising Director, as a reference to—
(a)his functions under sections 23 to 31 of the Railways Act 1993 (franchising of passenger services); and
(b)the duties imposed upon him by sections 37 and 38 of that Act (discontinuance of railway passenger services) to secure the provision of services.]
(5)London Regional Transport’s duty under subsection (1) above is subject to their financial duty under section 15 of this Act and their duty under section 16(5) of this Act to conduct their affairs with a view to achieving any financial objectives determined for them by the Secretary of State under section 16.
(6)This section is not to be read as imposing, either directly or indirectly, any form of duty or liability enforceable by proceedings before any court.
(7)The reference in subsection (2)(a) above to the transport needs of Greater London is a reference to the needs of Greater London with respect to public passenger transport services for persons travelling within, to or from Greater London, including persons who are disabled.
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