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ORR consults on regulation of Borders Railway

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has today launched a consultation on its approach to the regulation of Borders Railway - the proposed new rail line between Edinburgh and Tweedbank.

The 35-mile route will provide a new rail line between Edinburgh and the Borders region, connecting with Network Rail’s main network at a point south of the existing Newcraighall station, near Millerhill. The project is being taken forward by Transport Scotland, under public-private partnership.
ORR expects to regulate Borders Railway in broadly the same way as the national network, whilst acknowledging the differences between it and the national network - working to support a safe railway which provides value for money to passengers and taxpayers by making best use of capacity.
When the new line opens in 2014, ORR will take responsibility for a number of key functions, including:
  • regulating the network through a network licence;
  • licensing operators of railway assets; and
  • establishing the charging framework and the specific charging rules that govern how access charges are to be determined.

Responses to the 6 week consultation are sought by 21 February 2011. For more information click here.

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