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Railways

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) incidents of objects thrown at or dropped on moving railway vehicles, (b) derailments, (c) incidents of livestock wandering on to the track, (d) collisions between moving railway vehicles and (e) suicides of (i) males and (ii) females, broken down by age group, were recorded on the C2C Rail Ltd line between London Fenchurch Street and Southend Central in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (72180)

The British Transport Police (BTP) have provided the following information:

(a) The number of crimes recorded by the BTP for stone throwing (no damage) and damage to rolling stock by stone throwing on the railway route between London Fenchurch Street and Southend Central is shown as follows:

Financial year

Number of crimes

2001-02

37

2002-03

26

2003-04

51

2004-05

75

2005-06

61

(b) The BTP have recorded no incidents of derailments on this specific route.

(c) The number of incidents recorded by the BTP where livestock have wandered on to tracks is shown in the table as follows:

Financial year

Number of incidents

2001-02

2

2002-03

3

2003-04

1

2004-05

1

2005-06

2

(d) The BTP have no records of collisions between moving railway vehicles during the last five financial years on this route.

(e) The number of fatalities recorded by the BTP on the route during the financial years between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2006 is shown as follows:

Year/Age group

Male

Female

2003-04

20 to 30

2

0

80 to 90

1

0

2004-05

20 to 30

1

0

2005-06

20 to 30

0

1

Data prior to April 2003 can be provided only at disproportionate cost.