§ MR. THORNTON (Clapham)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the collision which took place on Wednesday last at the Newport railway station; and whether he is aware that the accommodation at that station is notoriously insufficient for the traffic; and what, if any, steps it is proposed to take to ensure the better protection of the public?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. MUNDELLA,) Sheffield, Brightside
I received no Report on the accident till I applied for it, and the General Manager to the Great Western Railway then informed me thatIt was not considered of sufficient importance to make a special Report, because there was practically no damage to stock, and no passengers complained of injury.As regards the latter portion of the question, the General Manager states that he isNot aware of the slightest ground for the assertion that the accommodation at Newport station is 'notoriously insufficient for the traffic.' The station is a comparatively modern one with exceptionally good platforms, and having four lines of rails through it, and Bay lines on both sides.