Bbroken Rails

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


There appear to have been a series of broken rails on the railway lines in South London and just outside the Greater London Boundary on lines from South London. These breakages disable whole sections of the network for significant periods of time. Could the Mayor bring this problem to the attention of the Strategic Rail Authority and ask that in the interests of safety and efficiency the checking and the replacement of potentially dangerous rails be given? .


Answer for Bbroken Rails

Answer for Bbroken Rails

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

The responsibility for the management of the rail infrastructure, and the number of broken rails does not lie with the Strategic Rail Authority, but with regulatory bodies and HSE.The number of broken rails has, in fact, been declining in recent months. All occurances are monitored, on an individual basis, by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Office of the Rail Regulator recently issued a requirement to Network Rail to meet specific targets to reduce the number of broken rails as part of the ORR Interim Review of Access Charges. .