In existence from from 2001 to 2006, the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) was a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom set up under the Transport Act 2000 to provide strategic direction for the railway industry. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The Transport Act 2000 is a current United Kingdom Act of Parliament. The United Kingdom consists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and previously consisted of Great Britain and the whole of Ireland.
The Shadow SRA was established in 1999 following the election of the Labour government in 1997 in an attempt to increase public interest regulation of the fragmented railway network following the privatisation of British Rail. The Labour Party is a Political party in the United Kingdom. Founded at the start of the 20th century it has been since the 1920s the principal party of the The Privatisation of British Rail was the result of the Railways Act 1993 introduced by John Major 's Conservative government It incorporated the former Conservative government's Director of Passenger Rail Franchising. The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is a Political party in the United Kingdom. The Director of Passenger Rail Franchising is a statutory office created in 1993 by the Railways Act 1993 and usually called the Franchising Director Its main function was awarding and ensuring compliance with passenger rail franchises - contracts between the state and private sector operators under which the operators committed to provide certain levels of service in return for public subsidies; some franchises were cash-positive, which meant that the operator paid the SRA for the right to provide the services. The SRA's other functions were concerned with the financial support of other unviable services, such as the giving of grants to support marginal rail freight services and the building of freight facilities.
The SRA was placed on a formal legal basis by the Transport Act 2000 and came into existence on 1 February 2001. The Transport Act 2000 is a current United Kingdom Act of Parliament. Events 1327 - Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar.
The government wanted the SRA to take a more interventionist role with Railtrack and its successor Network Rail, but never gave it the legal powers to do so. For the generic term see Rail tracks. Railtrack was a group of companies that owned the track, signalling, Tunnels Network Rail is a British "not for dividend" Company limited by guarantee whose principal asset is Network Rail Infrastructure Limited a company limited Those powers rested with - and were jealously guarded by - the Rail Regulator, who frequently clashed with the SRA when he believed that it was over-reaching its jurisdiction. The Rail Regulator was a statutory office—created with effect from 1 December 1993 by section 1 of the Railways Act 1993 —or the independent economic regulation of the
The SRA operated under directions and guidance from the Secretary of State for Transport, also in Scotland from the Scottish Minister for Transport and in Greater London from the Mayor of London. The Secretary of State for Transport is the member of the cabinet responsible for the British Department for Transport. Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. The Mayor of London is an elected politician who along with the London Assembly of 25 members is accountable for the strategic government of Greater London (see
In Scotland the budget of the SRA was devolved to the Scottish Parliament under the terms of the Barnett Formula. Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. The Scottish Parliament ( Scottish Gaelic: Pàrlamaid na h-Alba; Scots: Scottish Pairlament) is the devlolved national unicameral The Barnett formula is a mechanism used by Her Majesty's Treasury in the United Kingdom to adjust automatically some elements of Public expenditure in
On July 15, 2004 the Secretary of State for Transport, Alistair Darling MP, announced that the SRA was to be abolished within the next 12-18 months. Events 1099 - First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The Secretary of State for Transport is the member of the cabinet responsible for the British Department for Transport. Alistair Maclean Darling (born 28 November 1953 is a British Politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer since 28 June 2007 Following the passing of the Railways Act 2005 it was wound up on 1 December 2006  and its functions transferred to the Department for Transport Rail Group , some to Network Rail and some to the Office of Rail Regulation. The Railways Act 2005 is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament concerning the regulatory structure for Railways in the United Kingdom Events 800 - Charlemagne judges the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. In the United Kingdom, the Department for Transport (or DfT) ( Welsh: Adran am Drafnidiaeth) is the government department Network Rail is a British "not for dividend" Company limited by guarantee whose principal asset is Network Rail Infrastructure Limited a company limited The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR is a statutory board which is the combined economic and safety regulatory authority for Great Britain's Railway network The Scottish Executive, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Greater London Authority were given some input in their areas. The Scottish Government (SG ( Scottish Gaelic: Riaghaltas na h-Alba) is the executive arm of the government of Scotland. The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG (Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru LlCC) was firstly an executive body of the National Assembly for Wales, consisting of The Greater London Authority ( GLA) is the city-wide governing body for London, England.
The SRA's first chairman was Sir Alastair Morton, from February 1999 until October 2001. Sir Alastair Morton (Robert Alastair Newton Morton ( 11 January 1938 &mdash 1 September 2004) was Chief Executive of Eurotunnel and Its first chief executive was Mike Grant. Its second (and last) chairman was Richard Bowker, who occupied both posts between October 2001 and September 2004.