HC Deb 22 February 1911 vol 21 cc1888-9

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention had been called to the type of passenger coach employed by the North Eastern Railway Company on their electric train service on the Tynemouth branch; whether he was aware that on these coaches, which are unattended by servants of the company, the only exit is by means of hinged doors opening inwards into a vestibule which is frequently so crowded with standing passengers that the door cannot be opened or easily reached by persons wishing to alight; and whether, in view of recent railway accidents at home and abroad, where many casualties have been caused through the' inability of passengers to escape from wrecked carriages of a similar type, he will cause inquiry to be made by Board of Trade experts as to the suitability of rolling stock of this character for suburban passenger service?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Buxton)

I have communicated with the Railway Company on the subject of my hon. Friend's question and have received a reply of which I am forwarding him a copy.