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Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Act 2008

Power of Office of Rail Regulation to charge fees

Section 4

14.In addition to the duty that the ORR has under section 21(1) of the 1996 Act, it also has regulatory functions in relation to the CTRL under the Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/3049). The ORR also has other functions under the 1993 Act that it may be called upon to exercise in relation to the CTRL. These include its Competition Act 1998 functions under section 67(3) of the 1993 Act and its general function to keep under review the provision of railway services in Great Britain in section 69 of the 1993 Act.

15.This section allows the ORR to charge those responsible for operating the CTRL a fee calculated by reference to the costs it reasonably incurs in the exercise of any such function in relation to the railway other than its competition functions under section 67(2) and (3) of the 1993 Act.

16.The section provides for the fee to be levied on an ad hoc basis by the service of a notice by the ORR, which specifies the amount of the fee and the date by which it must be paid. The section also provides for the recovery by the ORR as a civil debt of any amount outstanding after the due date and for refunds of any amounts found after payment to have been overcharged.

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