HC Deb 21 February 1879 vol 243 cc1602-3

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether he has received any further communications from the South Western Railway Company, since the end of last Session, respecting the wish generally expressed by the public in favour of continuous footboards to all the carriages, and likewise as to the adaptation of the height of the platforms at all stations, so as to prevent the risk of accidents to passengers alighting from carriages without the power of placing their feet directly on the station platform?


We issued a Circular to all the Railway Companies at the end of last Session, requesting them to give us the fullest information as to their views and intentions respecting continuous footboards, and the height of their platforms, which is, of course, a part of the same subject. We have now printed and laid upon the Table all the replies which we have received, together with the Circular itself, and they will be in the hands of Members very shortly. Replies will be found from most of the leading Companies; but I regret to say that the South Western Railway Company has sent no answer whatever to our Circular.