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London Underground

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 224094, tabled on 10 February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department plans will be made of the crashworthiness of any D78 London Underground train that is converted to mainline use.

Answered on

23 February 2015

The assessment of the “crashworthiness” of a train is a matter for the prospective operator of that train.

The “Crashworthiness” of rail vehicles is regulated and assessed by standards, laid down in the TSIs (Technical Specifications for Interoperability) and supported by ENs (Euro Norms, or standards). A vehicle’s compliance with these requirements is verified by an independent body, suitably appointed for the task.

There is no government proposal to convert D78 London Underground stock to mainline use.

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