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Transport Act 2000

Sections 223: Directions to provide railway facilities

228.Section 223 gives new powers to the Rail Regulator, on the application of the Authority (or other person with the consent of the Authority) to give a direction for the improvement of railway facilities (such as track or stations) or for the provision of new facilities. The section provides that the person directed is to be the person who is an appropriate person to carry out the direction. The Regulator may only give a direction if he is satisfied that the person directed will be adequately rewarded for these improvements and facilities and the Regulator must consult the person, and others as he thinks fit, before giving the direction. The Regulator may grant an application to revoke or vary a direction, again subject to adequate reward, or compensation for abortive work. The person directed must do all that he reasonably can to comply with the direction made by the Regulator. The section sets out the procedures which must be followed before a direction can be made. This new power of direction does not affect any existing obligations (eg licence conditions) or powers. The Secretary of State may, after consulting the Regulator, exempt specified railway services from the Regulator’s direction making power.

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