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Railways: Franchises

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how the safety of passengers and staff has been considered in the development and awarding of rail franchises. [HL2551]

In order to achieve accredited bidder status, companies must provide satisfactory corporate safety policies, occupational health and safety policies, and health and safety policies specifically relating to the operation and maintenance of transport systems. Accreditation also includes consideration of any relevant Health and Safety Executive convictions over the previous three years.

Franchise bidders provide security plans which cover both staff and passenger safety, which are assessed as part of the franchise award. Recent franchises have included specific requirements that impact on passenger safety, including on-train CCTV, secure station accreditation, car park accreditation, new help points and increased station staffing.