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Crossrail Act 2008

Railway matters

Section 26: Disapplication of franchising and access exemptions

76.Section 26(1) and (2) allow the Secretary of State, by means of an order, to revoke or amend certain exemptions granted under the Railways (Heathrow Express) (Exemptions) Order 1994 (“the Heathrow Express Order”). The Secretary of State also has the power to impose, or make more onerous, conditions attaching to the relevant exemptions. The relevant exemptions which may be removed are those which disapply the ORR’s role of approving or directing the entry into access contracts for railway facilities (“access exemptions”), and the exemption preventing services on that track from being franchised.

77.Section 26(3) applies to track, stations and facilities where the relevant access exemption contained in the Heathrow Express Order is ended under subsection (1). In such circumstances the Secretary of State may, by means of an order, make provision for treating as void any access contract permitting use of that facility. Exceptions to this provision can also be made in the order, thus enabling a particular contract to continue in existence when others are terminated.

78.Section 26(4) provides that the powers granted under subsections (1) and (3)(a) in respect of the Heathrow Express Order and relating to access exemptions and access contracts shall only be exercisable for the purposes of facilitating Crossrail passenger services.

79.Section 26(5) provides that the powers granted under subsections (1) and (3)(a) in respect of the Heathrow Express Order and relating to the exemption from the franchising regime shall only be exercisable for the purpose of facilitating Crossrail passenger services or enabling the franchising of services to Heathrow.

80.Section 26(6) provides that an order under this section shall be made by statutory instrument subject to annulment by resolution of either House of Parliament.

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