HC Deb 24 July 1902 vol 111 c1143

To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether, before granting an increase of maximum speed to tramway lines on any section, he will cause an inquiry to be held with a view of recognising the difference between various sections of a line, and obviating danger to the public and drivers from a uniform high rate of speed over all sections alike.

(Answered by Mr. Gerald Balfour.) The rates of maximum speed prescribed for tramways by the Board's regulations are fixed from time to time for the several sections of any lines upon the recommendation of an inspecting officer who has traversed the route for the purpose of inspection, and advises as to the rate which may safely be allowed upon each part of the route, having regard to the character of the road, the gradients, the nature of the traffic, and the safety appliances with which the cars are fitted. It is not intended to depart from this practice.