HC Deb 24 November 1926 vol 200 cc402-3
61. Mr. W. BAKER

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that complaint is still being made with regard to the, absence of adequate maintenance work on the Clifton extension line; that, although some extra assistance has been given during the last few days, the work of maintenance has been reduced by 50 per cent. on some lengths of line, in this section, despite the fact that the traffic has been greatly increased and that the line is being operated seven days a week instead of six; and whether, in view of the danger to the public, he will instruct one of his inspectors to visit the section with a view to an impartial report being given?


The responsibility for the proper maintenance, of their lines rests entirely with the railway companies, but in view of the question the hon. Member asked on this subject on 11th November a communication was addressed to the railway company concerned, and the Minister has been assured by them that the Clifton extension line is being satisfactorily maintained.


Will the Minister not be willing to have an impartial inspection made of the line, seeing that the work of maintenance has been cut down 50 per cent.


I understand the Ministry have no power to inspect the line at all. If we sent our inspector he would be looked upon as a trespasser.