The Rail Regulator's statement on the proposed privatisation of Railtrack.
This document was published on 3rd April 1996 by Office of Rail Regulation.
It was written by Office of Rail Regulation.
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"Railtrack, as owner and operator of the national rail infrastructure, has
stewardship of that infrastructure. That status carries with it important
obligations as to the safeguarding of the future of that infrastructure. I expect Railtrack to recognise these obligations and to act accordingly.
Railtrack is the owner of an essential facility. Train operators (and hence their customers) are dependent on it for delivery of the services provided. I expect that Railtrack will not use this monopoly position to act against the public interest and I would take appropriate action against any abuse of this position.
These general principles have the effect of conferring upon Railtrack a substantial degree of independence in decision making. But, with this independence come responsibilities. Over the years following flotation I will be monitoring Railtrack's performance with a view to ensuring its actions are not inconsistent with the public interest. The first seven years of the Railways Act 1993 (two of which have seen Railtrack in the public sector) will be the proving ground for the railways of the twenty-first century. The more Railtrack recognizes the public interest in its conduct during these years, running up to the next periodic review of Railtrack's charges, the less likely that they will be followed by a substantially different regulatory approach."
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