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Railways: Points

Volume 691: debated on Thursday 26 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many sets of facing points there are on the high speed rail network; what plans there are to replace them with trailing points; and how frequently facing points are inspected. [HL3345]

These are operational matters for Network Rail, as the owner and operator of the national rail network.

The noble Lord should contact Network Rail's Chief Executive at the following address for a response to his question: John Armitt, Chief Executive, Network Rail, 40 Melton Street, London, NW1 2EE

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is continuing its investigation into the cause of the Grayrigg derailment, which is concentrating on a set of facing points. The RAIB will produce a full report with recommendations on preventing a similar accident.