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ATOC responds to changes in rail regulation

Responding to an ORR and DfT announcement on changes in rail regulation, Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), said: 

"This is a broadly helpful response from Government to a range of recommendations from the Transport Select Committee. In particular, we support the decision by Government not to go beyond a limited extension of the ORR's regulatory role as this would have risked creating 'double jeopardy' for train companies and added cost for the industry.

"We look forward to the Government re-starting its franchising programme and to the outcome of its fares review. We are working with others to bring clarity and balance to increased financial transparency in rail. One thing which Government could do is to explain better to the public its policy on how the costs of the railway should be shared between taxpayers and passengers."

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