HC Deb 16 December 1997 vol 303 c148W
41. Mr. Gordon Marsden

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to encourage co-operation between Railtrack and train operating companies over infrastructure projects requiring major financial investment. [19436]

Dr. Strang

Railtrack's licence now requires the company to consult train operators more fully on its investment plans. We have given the Franchising Director a remit to secure cost effective investment in the network. We are committed to establishing a new rail authority, with stronger powers to promote investment.