HC Deb 01 August 1962 vol 664 cc96-7W
80. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minis-ter of Transport if he will give an assurance that under the Transport Act, 1962, the Tyneside Electric Railway will have the same protection against closure as that given to Scottish railways by the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Mr. Marples

If there should be any proposal to close these lines to passengers, the Area Transport Users Consultative Committee would examine objections and report to me on any hardship involved. My consent would be required, and I should have power to require the provision and maintenance of alternative services. This procedure under the new Act will apply to all proposed passenger closures whether in Scotland or elsewhere.