HC Deb 08 May 1928 vol 217 cc187-8W

asked the Minister of Transport how many persons have been killed on the live rails on the Southern Railway since that line was electrified; and whether there is any obligation on that company to box the live rail, as on the London and North Eastern Railway, and so avoid further fatalities?

Colonel ASHLEY

Since the introduction of electrical working in 1905 on the Southern Railway there have been, in addition to five persons killed by trains after coming into contact with the live rail, nine fatal accidents directly due to contact with the live rail. Seven of these accidents occurred to trespassers. With regard to the second part of the question, I understand that protection is provided in connection with the live rail at places where there is likely to be risk to the company's servants or passengers or other persons legitimately on the line.