§ Chris Grayling
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2002,Official Report, column 866W, on Tyne and Wear metro, what requirements imposed by the Health and Safety Executive have made this common usage possible. 323W
§ Mr. Jamieson
The new extension of the Tyne and Wear metro runs, in part, along existing mainline network. Therefore, HSE has required all of the signals on the metro extension to be fitted with an automatic train protection system (Train Protection and Warning System) similar to those fitted to the rest of this stretch of the mainline network. This is to ensure that all trains that pass a signal at danger are automatically brought to a halt.