The Railways Act 2005 (the Act) sets out statutory procedures concerning proposals to close parts of the passenger railway. The Act allows for certain ‘excluded proposals’ to be treated as minor modifications under sections 34 and 35 of the Act.
Section 35 defines the remit for which closures are eligible to be treated as a minor modification.
This operational guidance note applies to applications to the Secretary of State for Transport to make a determination that a closure is a minor modification within the meaning of the Act. Therefore, it does not apply to freight-only facilities that do not impact on the passenger railway network.