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Railways: Safety

Volume 508: debated on Monday 22 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions the Secretary of State has had with the Office of Rail Regulation on the number of maintenance staff required to be employed by Network Rail in order to maintain present safety standards; and if he will make a statement. (323236)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 28 January 2010, Official Report, column 999W.

The independent Office of Rail Regulation has reviewed Network Rail’s proposals for the restructuring of its maintenance function so as to be assured that the safety implications of the changes are being well managed. The Office of Rail Regulation announced the outcome of this review on 3 March. Ministers have discussed the proposals in the course of their routine meetings with the independent Office of Rail Regulation.