HC Deb 19 May 2003 vol 405 cc543-4W
Mrs. Calton

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many 20 metre high telecommunication masts(a) have been erected and (b) are planned in each Network Rail area; and what the purpose is of the masts. [104539]

Mr. Jamieson

I understand from Network Rail that to date no such masts have been erected. The following table from the company details the number of planned installations in each Network Rail zone:

Network rail zone Number of planned telecommunications masts
East Anglia 137
Great Western 399
London North Eastern 307
London Underground 7
Midlands 177
North Western 226
Southern 380
Southern 380
Total 2,022

Network Rail advises that its national installation programme forms part of its new safety system known as the Global System for Mobile Communications—Railways, which will create the first national driver to signaller direct communication system. It will enable high priority emergency calls to connect drivers and signallers within two seconds of an emergency, and also enable signallers to communicate with all trains in an area.