HC Deb 10 November 1954 vol 532 cc1176-7
18. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what assurances he has received that steps will be taken to provide greater safety, for railway passengers in view of the recent report by Brigadier C. A. Langley. Inspecting Officer of Railways, on the accident to the night Aberdeen-to-London express on 7th March, 1954.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am assured that any train, whether passenger or freight, which may exceed the normal load of a single engine will now be assisted by another engine on the incline from Inverkeithing to the Forth Bridge. I would also refer the hon. and learned Member to the reply which I gave to him on 27th October.

Mr. Hughes

Are those the only steps that are being taken to ensure the safety of passengers in this place, where accidents have occurred on more than one occasion? Will the right hon. Gentleman look into the matter and see that passengers are properly protected?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I have looked into the matter very carefully. If the hon. and learned Member will study, not only this answer but the previous one, he will see that the main points made by the inspector of accidents have been met.

Mr. J. Harrison

Will not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the rail passenger services are the safest forms of transport in this country or in any other?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

They are pretty good.

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