§ MR. L. ATHERLEY-JONES (Durham, N.W.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the large number of level crossings by highways over railroads in the neighbourhood of large towns and the frequent accidents thereon; whether he can state what, if any, greater precautions 1311 have been taken to protect the public on the level crossing at Acton where the late Mr. Stepniak was killed; and, whether he has made, or, if not, will he make any representation to the railway company in relation thereto?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. C. T. RITCHIE,) Croydon
I am aware that in the course of years a large number of level crossings in the neighbourhood of large towns have been authorised by Parliament, and that from time to time accidents have occurred at some of them. I understand that nothing has been done at the level crossing referred to. The Board have no powers to compel the railway companies interested in the line to erect a foot-bridge, but are in communication with them on the subject.