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The Welsh Ministers (Transfer of Functions) (Railways) Order 2018

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55.—(1) Section 42 (closures guidance) is amended as follows.

(2) After subsection (1) insert—

(1A) It is the duty of the Welsh Ministers to publish guidance for the purposes of the provisions of this Part so far as they have effect in relation to—

(a)proposals to discontinue any Wales-only service or services; or

(b)proposals to discontinue the use or operation of any station, or part of a station, that—

(i)is wholly in Wales, and

(ii)is a station to which subsection (1B) applies or part of such a station.

(1B) This subsection applies to a station at which the only scheduled calls made by any railway passenger service are those made by a railway passenger service provided under a Welsh franchise agreement or secured to any extent by the Welsh Ministers.

(3) In subsection (2)—

(a)for “or the National Assembly for Wales, or both of them,” substitute “or the Welsh Ministers (or the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers)”;

(b)in paragraph (b), for “the National Assembly for Wales provides” substitute “the Welsh Ministers provide”;

(c)in paragraph (c) for “both of them provide funding” substitute “the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers provide funding”.

(4) In subsection (3)—

(a)for “the National Assembly for Wales” substitute “the Welsh Ministers”;

(b)in paragraph (a) at the end insert “(other than any Wales-only service or services)”;

(c)in paragraph (c) after “in Wales” insert “(other than a station to which subsection (1B) applies or part of such a station)”.

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