HC Deb 20 March 1930 vol 236 c2117W

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been called to the accident which occurred at the crossing-gate at Horninglow, on the Burton to Derby road, in which a train travelling at 50 miles an hour collided with a motor car; and, in view of similar accidents in the past, will he consider in any future transport legislation the introduction of a clause which will make it incumbent upon railway authorities to alter their level crossings in particularly dangerous spots so that all vehicular traffic may pass under them?


My attention has been called to this accident which appears to have been caused by lack of care on the part of the driver of the motor car concerned. As regards the last part of my hon. Friend's question, I would remind him that under the provisions of Section 7 of the Railway Clauses Act, 1863, I already have the power to require railway companies to abolish level crossings to which that section applies, if necessary for the public safety. I am prepared to consider applications from highway authorities for financial assistance towards well considered schemes for the erection of bridges at level crossings and have just caused a circular letter on this subject to be issued to them.