HC Deb 16 July 1984 vol 64 c1W
Mr. Cohen

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the underground railways in London which are subject to inspection by the Railways Inspectorate; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. David Mitchell

Under the railway legislation, any newly-constructed underground railway, in London or elsewhere, requires the Secretary of State's formal approval before it is opened for public use; approval is given on the advice of the Railway Inspectorate following an inspection of the works. Any substantial alteration to an existing railway is also subject to inspection and approval.

As agents of the Health and Safety Commission, the Railway Inspectorate is empowered by the health and safety legislation to inspect all underground railways in London.