§ Mr. John Townend
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will request British Rail not to proceed with work on the installation of an automatic half-barrier at the Cranswick railway crossing until the findings of the independent inquiry on the safety of unmanned crossings is published.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
No. For the reasons given in the letter I sent to my hon. Friend on 17 September, the terms of reference of the independent inquiry, and the ban on the installation of new crossings, apply only to automatic open crossings.