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Winsor demands new network maintenance plan from Railtrack


RAIL REGULATOR Tom Winsor this week rejected Railtrack's network management statement (NMS) outright and demanded a new plan within a month.

The infrastructure operator was also warned that the Health & Safety Executive would get tough and accept no further failure.

Winsor was speaking on Tuesday at a London conference arranged by the Institute of Economic Affairs. He said that the NMS should outline how the infrastructure operator will improve and enhance the network to the satisfaction of its customers, the train operators.

Operators had said it was not useful and demanded an improved document by the end of July, Winsor said. It must spell out how Railtrack aims to recover and ensure performance, what disruption this will cause and how it will improve track quality.

Speaking at the same conference, chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority Sir Alastair Morton called for more government rail funding. He said the £29bn in the 10 year plan was already 'over committed' and it was not realistic to wait for Treasury spending negotiations next June.

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