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Railways Act 1993

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61Restriction on making winding-up order in respect of protected railway company

(1)Where a petition for the winding up of a protected railway company is presented by a person other than the Secretary of State, the court shall not make a winding-up order in relation to that company on that petition unless—

(a)notice of the petition has been served on—

(i)the Secretary of State; and

(ii)the Franchising Director, if the protected railway company is the holder of a passenger licence; and

(b)a period of at least fourteen days has elapsed since the service of that notice.

(2)Where a petition for the winding up of a protected railway company has been presented—

(a)the Secretary of State, or

(b)if the company is the holder of a passenger licence, the Franchising Director with the consent of the Secretary of State,

may, at any time before a winding-up order is made on the petition, make an application to the court for a railway administration order in relation to that company; and where such an application is made the court may, if it is satisfied as mentioned in section 60(1) above, make a railway administration order instead of a winding-up order.

(3)Where, on a petition for the winding up of a protected railway company, the court makes, or proposes to make, a railway administration order by virtue of subsection (2) above, subsections (4) and (5) of section 9 of the [1986 c. 45.] Insolvency Act 1986 (powers on application for administration order) shall apply on the hearing of that petition as they apply on the hearing of a petition for an administration order.

(4)In this section “the court” has the same meaning as in section 59 above.

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