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Rail Accidents

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents have occurred on the Stratford to Birmingham railway line between Earlswood and Tyseley since 1980. [112167]

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advise that, since their records began in December 1990, there have been a total of 108 incidents on the railway (including stations) between Earlswood and Tyseley that are reportable to the HSE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, 1995. The incidents recorded range from slip and trip injuries to employees to more serious route crime incidents such as missile strikes to train cabs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents on the Stratford to Birmingham railway line between Earlswood and Tyseley since 1980 were caused by leaves on the line. [112168]

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advise that, since their records began in December 1990, there have been no accidents caused by `leaves on the line' incidents reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. However, there were two incidents on 24 August 1996 and 3 January 1998 where trains have struck trees that have fallen on to the line near Earlswood station,