Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation
The Enterprise and Business Committee carried out an inquiry into whether Wales’ railway infrastructure meets the needs of passengers and businesses as demand increases. Between November 2015 and January 2016 the Committee held a public consultation to gather evidence.
Powers and devolution
Unlike in Scotland, planning and delivery of rail infrastructure in Wales is not devolved. While Welsh Government has powers to fund infrastructure investment, primary responsibility for funding Network Rail, and the development of the Welsh network, rests with the UK Government. However, the UK Government’s St David’s Day Command Paper said there was “no consensus” on devolution of infrastructure powers so that there are currently no plans to devolve these powers.
Preparations for rail control period 6 and beyond
Rail industry priorities and funding are set in five year “Control Periods”. Preparations are led by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR, formerly the Office of Rail Regulation) through the period review process, which reviews Network Rail’s outputs and funding for each control period.
Infrastructure proposals are initially developed by Network Rail, which sets out “choices for funders” working with the rail industry and funders such as the Welsh Government. This work feeds into the preparation of an Initial Industry Plan by the rail industry and ultimately to publication of the Secretary of State for Transport’s High Level Output Specification (HLOS) and Statement of Funds Available (SOFA). Preparations for Control Period 6 (2019-2024) are underway.
This Committee sought views from the public on issues relevant to the rail infrastructure in Wales in order to inform decisions on Welsh rail infrastructure in Control Period 6 and beyond.
Terms of Reference and Key Issues
The scope of the inquiry covered:
The public were asked for their views on:
Disclosure of Information
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Enterprise and Business Committee - Fourth Assembly
National Assembly for Wales
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