Section 15: Duty of Secretary of State and Transport for London to co-operate
93.Section 15 replaces various references in section 175 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (the GLA Act) to the SRA with references to the Secretary of State. The revised section 175 provides a duty on the Secretary of State and Transport for London (TfL) to co-operate. In addition it amends section 175 so that the Secretary of State must consult TfL before issuing an invitation to tender (or when entering a franchise agreement for which an ITT has not been issued) for railway passenger services to, from or within London. TfL and the Secretary of State also have a reciprocal duty to share with the other information relating to certain transport functions. Section 175 as amended also allows TfL to enter into arrangements with the Secretary of State in relation to railway services to, from or within London and for payments to be made by TfL to the Secretary of State in respect of them.
Section 16: Relaxation of contractual restrictions on Transport for London
94.Section 16 repeals section 201 of the GLA Act, which places restrictions on the type of agreements that TfL can enter into which involve the provision of railway services by licensed operators on the national network. This section provides instead for a prohibition on TfL entering into agreements with rail franchisees without the consent of the Secretary of State. Certain agreements (those in respect of the grant of a use of a railway facility) are excluded from this prohibition.
Section 17: Membership of Transport for London
95.Section 17 amends the GLA Act to change the membership of the TfL board. It increases the maximum membership of TfL from fifteen to seventeen (or, where the Mayor is a member, from fourteen to sixteen). It also requires the Mayor to ensure that two additional TfL board members represent the interests of people living, working and studying in areas outside Greater London that are served by railway passenger services in respect of which TfL exercises functions, and to consult the relevant regional planning bodies before making relevant these board appointments.