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Railways Act 2005

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(1)This section applies to a reference of a proposal to the Office of Rail Regulation under any provision of this Part.

(2)The reference may be made only if the person making it considers that the proposal, or (as the case may be) the proposal as modified, satisfies the criteria set out in the relevant part of the closures guidance.

(3)The reference must set out particulars of the proposal including, in particular—

(a)the services or the network or station, or part of a network or station, to which the proposal relates; and

(b)the proposal date.

(4)The reference must be accompanied by—

(a)a report by the person making the reference on the outcome of the consultation carried out by that person;

(b)a statement by that person as to whether the proposal that is referred is a modified proposal;

(c)a statement, if it is a modified proposal, setting out what modifications have been made; and

(d)a full assessment of whether the proposal, or (as the case may be) the proposal as modified, satisfies the criteria set out in the relevant part of the closures guidance.

(5)The duty of the Office of Rail Regulation on the reference is—

(a)to consider whether the person making the reference properly carried out the consultation he was required to carry out in accordance with this Part; and

(b)unless it is satisfied that—

(i)there has been a failure or other defect in the carrying out of the consultation, and

(ii)the failure or defect makes it inappropriate for the Office to make the determination required by this paragraph,

to determine whether the proposal, or (as the case may be) the proposal as modified, satisfies the criteria set out in the relevant part of the closures guidance.

(6)The person making the reference must provide the Office of Rail Regulation with all such information as it may require for the purpose of carrying out its functions under this section.

(7)If the Office of Rail Regulation is satisfied—

(a)that the proposal, or (as the case may be) the proposal as modified, fails to satisfy the criteria set out in the relevant part of the closures guidance, or

(b)that there has been a failure or other defect in the carrying out of the consultation that makes it inappropriate for that Office to make a determination of whether the proposal, or (as the case may be) the proposal as modified, satisfies those criteria,

it must issue a notice to that effect (a “closure non-ratification notice”).

(8)If, on completing its functions under subsection (5), the Office of Rail Regulation is not so satisfied, it must issue a notice to that effect (a “closure ratification notice”).

(9)Where, on a reference, the Office of Rail Regulation issues a closure non-ratification notice or a closure ratification notice it must—

(a)give a copy of that notice to every person mentioned in subsection (10); and

(b)require every operator of a station in the area affected by the proposal, or (as the case may be) the proposal as modified, to whom it gives a copy of the notice to secure that a copy of the notice is published by being displayed at that station until the end of the interim period.

(10)The persons to whom a copy of the closure ratification notice or closure non-ratification notice must be given under subsection (9) are—

(a)the person who made the reference;

(b)every person to whom a notice was required to be sent under paragraph 3 of Schedule 7 in the consultation relating to the proposal;

(c)every person otherwise consulted under that paragraph in that consultation; and

(d)such other persons as the Office of Rail Regulation consider appropriate.

(11)In subsection (9) “the area affected”, in relation to a proposal, means—

(a)in the case of a proposal for the discontinuance of services on a particular line or from a particular station, the area in which the line or station is situated;

(b)in the case of a proposal relating to a network, or part of a network, the area in which the network, or part of a network, is situated;

(c)in the case of a proposal relating to a station, or part of a station, the area served by the station, or that part.

(12)The issue of a closure ratification notice does not authorise anything which (but for that notice) would constitute a contravention of any franchise agreement or other arrangements under or in accordance with which—

(a)any franchised service or secured service or other railway passenger service is being provided or is being funded (whether in whole or in part); or

(b)any network or station or part of a network or station is being operated or is being funded (whether in whole or in part);

and in the carrying out of any functions conferred on that Office under or in relation to any such agreement or arrangements that Office may have regard to the issue of the closure ratification notice but is not required to secure that the closure takes place.

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