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Volume 551: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2012


Tuesday 16 October 2012

Presented Petition

Petition presented to the House but not read on the Floor


Speed limits on passenger trains

The Petition of residents of Oxford,

Declares that the Petitioners strongly believe that their community should not suffer the adverse effects of environmental harm that the Petitioners believe the Chiltern Railway’s Evergreen 3 project will cause due to inadequate mitigation; further that the Petitioners believe speed limits are the cheapest and most effective way to protect local residents, school children, businesses and the environment; and that the Petitioners believe that lowering the proposed speed limit of passenger trains from 75mph to 40mph would reduce noise and its adverse health effects, reduce vibration, reduce emissions, reduce running costs, reduce the risk of derailments, reduce the risk of injury to bats and reduce the inherent fear and disturbance of those living so close by.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Department for Transport to review the speed limit on passenger trains and preserve the speed limit on freight trains for the Oxford–Bicester line between Oxford station and Water Eton Parkway.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.