§ 7. Mr. Nabarro
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he has now considered all the implications of the Report upon the Harrow train disaster; and whether he will make a statement as to the measures he proposes to adopt to improve railway safety in every sphere, including standardisation and general application of systems of multi-light colour signalling and automatic train control devices.
§ Mr. Molson
My right hon. Friend has now considered all the implications of the Report upon the Harrow train disaster. As he informed the House on 6th July, the Transport Commission, who are responsible for safety of railway operation, has decided to extend automatic train control. As my hon. Friend is aware, trials with new equipment designed for this purpose are being conducted on the Barnet—Huntingdon line. In addition, multi-aspect colour light signalling is being extended where justified by the traffic. The standards for new signalling works are laid down in the official publication entitled "Requirements for Passenger Lines and recommendations for Goods Lines."