HC Deb 29 May 1913 vol 53 cc323-4
61. Mr. THOMAS

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, commencing on Monday, 26th May, 1913, the London and North-Western Railway Company are running a passenger train service from Watford Junction to Croxley Green, a distance of 2½miles, one mile being single line worked by electric staff and 1½miles being double road, pass- ing in this distance of 2½miles two junctions passed by other trains; whether he is aware that the above trains, carrying a number of passengers, are being worked without a guard or attendant in charge of the passengers; and, having regard to the danger involved both to the travelling public and railwaymen by this system of working and the absolute impossibility of carrying out the rules and instructions given for the guidance of the company's servants, what steps he proposed to deal with the matter?


I am asking for the observations of the railway company in this matter, and will communicate with my hon. Friend on receipt of their reply.


Is it necessary for the railway company, with the object of saving the wages of one man at 30s. per week, to incur this risk?


I will pass that observation on to the company.