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Transport Act 2000

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31For section 47 (which transfers to the Franchising Director, so as to make them exercisable concurrently with the Board, the functions of the Board under sections 119 to 124 of the [1985 c. 67.] Transport Act 1985) substitute—

47Withdrawal of bus substitution service

(1)Where the Authority proposes to seek—

(a)revocation of a condition requiring it to secure the provision of a bus substitution service, or

(b)variation of such a condition so as to permit the Authority to withdraw such a service from any locality or point,

it shall, not less than six weeks before the date proposed for the withdrawal of the service, publish in two successive weeks in two local newspapers circulating in the area affected, and in such other manner as appears to it appropriate, a notice complying with subsection (2) below.

(2)The notice shall—

(a)give particulars of the proposed withdrawal of service, of any alternative services which it appears to the Authority will be available and of any proposals of the Authority for securing or augmenting the provision of alternative services; and

(b)state that objections to the revocation or variation may be lodged with the appropriate Rail Passengers' Committee within six weeks of a date specified in the notice.

(3)The date so specified shall be the date on which the notice is last published in a local newspaper as required by subsection (1) above.

(4)Copies of the notice published under subsection (1) above shall be sent to—

(a)the Rail Passengers' Committee for the area in which any locality or point affected by the proposed withdrawal of service is situated; and

(b)the Passenger Transport Executive for any passenger transport area in which any such locality or point is situated.

(5)Where the proposed withdrawal of service relates to a service which is subsidised by the Passenger Transport Executive for any passenger transport area under any agreement made with the Authority, the Authority shall not publish a notice with respect to the proposed withdrawal under subsection (1) above without the consent of—

(a)the Executive; or

(b)the Secretary of State, who shall not give his consent before affording a reasonable opportunity to the Executive to make representations.

(6)References in this section and section 47A below to a Rail Passengers' Committee shall be construed, in relation to the Greater London area within the meaning of section 2 above, as references to the London Transport Users' Committee.

47AObjections to withdrawal of bus substitution service

(1)Where a notice has been published by the Authority under section 47 above, any user of any service affected (and any body representing users of any such service) may within the period specified in the notice lodge an objection in writing with the Rail Passengers' Committee for the area in a locality or point affected by the proposed withdrawal of service is situated.

(2)Where a Rail Passengers' Committee receives objections pursuant to a notice under section 47 above, it shall—

(a)immediately inform the Secretary of State and the Authority;

(b)consider the objection and any representations made by the Authority; and

(c)report to the Secretary of State as soon as possible on the hardship, if any, which they consider will be caused by the proposed withdrawal of service (and the report may contain proposals for alleviating that hardship).

(3)Where objections with respect to any proposed withdrawal of service have been lodged with two or more Rail Passengers' Committees, they may—

(a)report to the Secretary of State jointly under this section; or

(b)agree that their functions under this sections shall be delegated to one any of them.

(4)The Secretary of State may require a further report from any committee making a report to him under subsection (1) above.

(5)Copies of every report under subsection (1) or (2) above shall be sent to the Rail Passengers' Council and to the Authority.

(6)Where the proposed withdrawal of service—

(a)relates to a service which is subsidised by the Passenger Transport Executive for a passenger transport area, or

(b)would affect a locality or point in the passenger transport area of a Passenger Transport Executive,

the Executive may, within the period specified in the notice for objecting to the withdrawal, send the Secretary of State a statement in writing that they oppose the withdrawal and of their reasons for opposing it (even if they consented to the publication of the notice).

(7)Where the Passenger Transport Executive for any passenger transport area send such a statement to the Secretary of State they shall send a copy of it to the Authority.

47BRevocation or variation of bus substitution conditions

(1)Where an objection to a proposed withdrawal of service is lodged in accordance with subsection (1) of section 47A above, the Secretary of State may revoke or vary the condition in question—

(a)when he has received the report required by subsection (3) of that section and any further report required by him under subsection (4) of that section (unless he considers that any such report has been unreasonably delayed); and

(b)after considering any statement under subsection (4) of that section.

(2)Where the Secretary of State revokes or varies a condition under subsection (1), he may—

(a)impose such conditions as he thinks fit, including a condition requiring the Authority to secure the provision of another bus substitution service; and

(b)from time to time give such directions to the Authority as he thinks fit in connection with the withdrawal of the bus substitution service required by that condition;

and such a condition may be varied or revoked as if it had been made under section 43 above.

(3)Where no objections are lodged in accordance with section 47A above, the Secretary of State shall revoke or vary the condition in question in accordance with the Authority’s proposals.

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