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star this property date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Channel Tunnel Railway Line: Electrical Safety more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what investigations they have undertaken into the safety of the proposed 1,000 megawatt direct current cables due to be installed in the rail running tunnels of the Channel Tunnel; what assessment they have made of the risks of a train coming into contact with such cables; what international precedents there are for the safe operation of such cables in close proximity to moving trains; and whether they will require the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission to publish a full safety case on that proposal before installation of such cables is permitted to commence. more like this
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Lord Berkeley more like this
star this property uin HL14616 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Safety will always be the key priority for rail. Reflecting this, and in the light of outstanding safety issues, consent for the electricity link project was suspended for safety reasons in October 2017, preventing construction work from continuing to the next stage.</p><p> </p><p>Government is represented by UK officials on both the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) and the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority (CTSA). Both of these groups have been involved with the ElecLink project since it was first presented to the CTSA by Eurotunnel in 2011.</p><p> </p><p>A working group, comprised of members from the UK and French delegations to the CTSA, Eurotunnel and the cable project team, was established and meets frequently to ensure that safety issues associated with the cable installation and its interaction with the Eurotunnel railway operations are addressed. That group has both formally and informally assessed submissions from Eurotunnel, as well as completing site inspections, observing at safety tests and attending and convening specialist working groups.</p><p> </p><p>The CTSA working group is currently in the process of assessing Eurotunnel’s latest safety submission, which requests consent for the project to proceed to the next stage of construction. The IGC has asked Eurotunnel to produce a safety case relating to all relevant factors, including an independently assessed Safety Assessment Report, for submission to the CTSA working group.</p><p>No operational precedents for this project have been identified.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T14:51:53.51Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T14:51:53.51Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Sugg remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Berkeley more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Railways: Electrification more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review their policy on rail electrification as a result of the report by the Railway Industry Association RIA Electrification Cost Challenge, published in March, which highlighted that electrification can be delivered at up to half the cost of previous projects. more like this
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Baroness Randerson more like this
star this property uin HL14585 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Government’s policy remains that rail investment decisions will be based on assessments of value for money and passenger benefits. The Government has stated that all rail enhancements will be led by the needs they are fulfilling, rather than the methods of fulfilment. We are committed to electrification where it delivers benefits for passengers and value for money – and since 2010 we have delivered 25 times more route miles of electrification than was delivered between 1997 and 2010 - while also focusing on exploitation of new technology, such as bi-mode, hydrogen and battery technology trains. We welcome any proposals on how electrification projects can be delivered more efficiently.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T14:43:08.137Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T14:43:08.137Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Randerson more like this