HC Deb 06 April 1908 vol 187 cc942-3

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the Report of Lieutenant Colonel Yorke that the collision on the London and North-Western Railway near Atherton Station was due to the debilitated condition of the driver, and to the fact that he was in the last stage of a fatal complaint; and whether he intends to take any measures to secure the more frequent medical examination of engine drivers.


I am already in communication with the principal railway companies on the subject of the medical examination of engine-drivers, and I am now calling their special attention to Colonel Yorke's Report on the accident near Atherton.

MR. WARDLE (Stockport)

Is it not the fact that the regulator in this case was stiff, and may that not have had something to do with the accident?


Colonel Yorke is clearly of opinion that the state of the health of the engine-driver was responsible for the accident.