New Clause 30

Road Safety Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:45 pm ar 18 Ebrill 2006.

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Safety arrangements at level crossings

‘(1) Section 1 of the Level Crossings Act 1983 (c.16) (safety arrangements at level crossings) is amended as follows.

(2) For paragraph (a) of subsection (2) substitute—

“(a) may require the operator of the crossing or the local traffic authority (or both) to provide at or near the crossing any protective equipment specified in the order and to maintain and operate that equipment in accordance with the order;”.

(3) In paragraph (b) of that subsection, after “impose” insert “on the operator”.

(4) In subsection (3)(b), omit “barriers or other”.

(5) In subsection (5)(b), for “include requirements as to” substitute “impose requirements as to protective”.

(6) For subsection (6) substitute—

“(6) The Secretary of State may make an order under this section in respect of a level crossing on being requested to do so by the operator of the crossing or without a request by the operator.

(6ZA) The Secretary of State may not make an order without a request by the operator unless—

(a) he has consulted the Office of Rail Regulation and the local traffic authority about the order he proposes to make; and

(b) having done so, he has sent to the operator, the Office of Rail Regulation and the local traffic authority a copy of a draft of the order he proposes to make and a notice specifying the period (not being less than two months) within which they may make representations to him in respect of his proposal to make the order.”

(7) For subsection (8) substitute—

“(8) Before making a request the operator—

(a) must consult the Office of Rail Regulation and the local traffic authority about the draft order he intends to submit to the Secretary of State; and

(b) having done so, must give written notice to the Office of Rail Regulation and the local traffic authority of his intention to make a request.

(8A) A notice given under subsection (8)—

(a) must be accompanied by a copy of the draft order which the operator intends to submit to the Secretary of State; and

(b) must specify the period (not being less than two months) within which the Office of Rail Regulation and the local traffic authority may make representations to the Secretary of State in respect of the request.”

(8) In subsection (9), for “(6) or (8)” substitute “(6ZA) or (8A)”.

(9) In subsection (11)—

(a) omit the definition of “local authority”,

(b) before the definition of “operator” insert—

““local traffic authority”, in relation to a crossing, means the authority which for the purposes of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 is the local traffic authority for the road crossed by the railway at the crossing;”, and

(c) in the definition of “protective equipment”, after “includes” insert “barriers,”.' —[Dr. Ladyman.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.

Further consideration adjourned.—[Mr. Roy.]

Adjourned accordingly at two minutes past Seven o’clock till Thursday 20 April at Nine o’clock.