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Railways: Carriage of Cycles

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there are safety reasons for preventing the carriage of cycles in the power cars of Intercity 125 trains. [HL2009]

The space at the rear of Intercity 125 power cars trains, originally intended for guards' accommodation and luggage, is used for emergency coupling and fire extinguishing equipment as well as control units for automatic train protection and engine management. The area needs to be kept clear for rapid access to the equipment and is not, therefore, suitable for the carriage of cycles.