Transport publications

23 May 2016

Liberalisation of EU Port Services

When it comes to transport within the European Single Market, there is very little that is surprising about proposed regulation of ports. Perhaps the only surprising thing is that, with the recent adoption by the European Parliament at 1st reading of an amended text to the “Port Services Regulation” (PSR), it has taken the EU Commission three attempts to get even this far.

14 April 2016

Shaw Review into Network Rail’s Future: Important Issues, Carefully Stated

Network Rail’s future structure will be the corner-stone of the rail industry’s shape over the next stage of its post privatisation development. We look at Shaw’s investigation into the options for Network Rail’s structure and governance. 

18 January 2016

New EU Directive on accessibility requirements

The European Commission has proposed a European Accessibility Directive, which would set common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services to ensure people with disabilities and others including the elderly can participate in society “on an equal basis with others”. Government entities, transport operators and others may want to develop an early awareness of the Directive in order to factor its effects into future decision-making.

27 November 2015

After ParkingEye: When will private parking fines still be unenforceable?

Transport and retail sector operators that provide parking schemes on private land, and parking enforcement companies that operate such schemes, may take an interest in a recent decision of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has now held that, on particular facts, an £85 parking charge was not a penalty but an enforceable charge for breach of a parking contract.

11 June 2015

Conarken reaffirmed: negligent drivers liable to pay for rail network delays

Schedule 8 of a Track Access Contract is “logical, well-researched, carefully constructed, and well supported”. Those are the words of Mr Justice Akenhead in Network Rail v Handy and others meaning drivers (namely insurers) of road vehicles are liable for Network Rail’s TAC Schedule 8 loss if they negligently damage rail track or other installations and cause consequential TOC delays.

29 May 2015

Quaystone – June 2015

Following the unexpected election of a majority Conservative government, in this month's newsletter we reflect on the ramifications for the construction industry.