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Mobile Phones On Trains

Volume 591: debated on Thursday 9 July 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:In view of the irritation caused to train passengers by users of mobile phones, whether they will recommend to the rail companies that at least one half of one carriage in every train be designated a mobile phone free compartment. [HL2579]

Under the current arrangements for the railways, this is a commercial matter for the privatised train operating companies. Two operators, Chiltern Railways and Great Western Trains, have introduced mobile phone free carriages on their services. It is for other operators to consider whether there is demand from their passengers for similar provisions to be made.