HC Deb 25 July 1923 vol 167 c490W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether his attention has been called to the fatal accident to Guard Edward Finn in the Copenhagen Tunnel at King's Cross; and whether he intends to call upon the railway company to introduce at this point some further safeguards in order to provide a greater guarantee of safety, both to the railwaymen and to the travelling public?


I have been asked to reply. My hon. Friend's attention has been called to this accident which occurred in January, 1922, and considerable correspondence has taken place with the railway company with regard to the possibility of taking steps in the interests of railwaymen to improve the atmosphere in the tunnel or to provide additional safeguards. In the result, however, in view of the difficulties or disadvantage which I am advised would attach to these proposals, my hon. Friend is not pressing the railway company to take further action at present, but the conditions of working in the tunnel are being carefully watched.