The Railways Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) sets out statutory procedures concerning proposals to close parts of the passenger railway. The 2005 Act places a duty on Scottish Ministers and the Secretary of State for Transport to publish closures guidance. This document, including the attachments and associated references, constitutes that guidance on arrangements for making, assessing and determining applications to close rail services, stations and infrastructure.
This guidance is not a comprehensive statement of all the factors that funding authorities and operators may take into account in considering closures. But it does set out an objective test which must be satisfied if closure is to be permitted.