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Smoking: Railway and other Stations

Volume 459: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken with (a) train, bus and coach operators and (b) Network Rail to inform passengers of the introduction of a ban on smoking at railway and other stations. (133929)

The smokefree provisions within the Health Act 2006 will apply to virtually all enclosed and substantially enclosed public places and workplaces, as well as to public transport vehicles. Many forms of public transport are already smokefree. London Underground ended smoking on all its trains and stations 20 years ago.

The Department has met Network Rail and organisations representing all train operators, bus and coach operators in an effort to support the transport industry in their preparations for the implementation of smokefree legislation on 1 July 2007.

All smokefree premises and vehicles will be required under smokefree legislation to display no-smoking signs that meet specified requirements. Signs will allow clear communication with smokers so they are clear where smoking is not permitted under the new law. Signs will also make it clear to non-smokers where they have a right to expect a smokefree environment, as well as helping to demonstrate that people who manage premises are taking reasonable steps to prevent smoking from taking place. The Government has drafted smokefree regulations to ensure that much of the pre-existing no-smoking signage displayed in public transport vehicles will meet requirements.