Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Private Business 2001

Arrangement of Clauses (Contents)



Fencing of bridges, and railway, tramroad and tramway bills

  146.  Where in any bill it is proposed to construct a bridge for carrying a public carriage-road the bill shall require the erection of a good and sufficient fence on each side of the bridge. Fencing of bridges.
(HL 131)
  147.  The committee on a bill shall not allow the construction of a railway or tramroad whereon carriages are moved by mechanical power so as to cross a railway, tramway, tramroad or public carriage-road on the level, or the construction of a tramway so as to cross a railway on the level, unless a report thereupon has been made by or under the authority of the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and unless the committee on the bill, after considering such report, and, if it thinks fit, hearing an officer of the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in explanation thereof, recommends such level crossing, with the reasons and facts upon which its opinion is founded; and in every clause authorising a level crossing the number of lines of rails authorised to be made at such crossing shall be specified. Level crossings.
  148.  [Repealed 25th October 1967]
  149.  [Repealed 23rd July 1953]
  150.  In every railway, tramroad, or tramway bill, the length of each railway, tramroad and tramway shall be set forth in a clause describing the works, with a statement in the case of each tramway whether it is a single or a double line. Specification of length of railway, etc.
(HL 135)
  151.  [Repealed 1st August 1961.]
  152.  Where on the plan deposited in respect of any tramway bill double lines (including passing places) are indicated, provision shall be made in the bill to secure that the distance between the sides of the widest carriages and engines to be used on the tramway when passing one another shall not be less than 38 centimetres. Distance between passing vehicles when used on tramway.
  153.  No powers shall be given to any local authority to construct, acquire, take on lease, or work any tramway or portion of tramway, beyond the limits of their area, unless such tramway or portion of tramway is in connection with a tramway belonging to or authorised to be constructed, acquired, or worked by the local authority, and unless the committee on the bill determines that, having regard to the special local circumstances, such construction, acquisition, taking on lease, or working ought to be sanctioned. Restriction of powers for construction, acquisition or taking on lease of tramway by local authority.
(HL 138)
  In every case in which the committee so determines, it shall specify what portion of the tramway will be situate beyond the area of the local authority to which the power of construction, acquisition, or taking on lease is given, and shall insert a clause for the protection of the local authority of the area in which such tramway or portion of tramway will be situate in the terms (subject to such modifications as may be necessary) of section 43 of the Tramways Act 1870, unless the committee reports that the insertion of such a clause is not required, with the reasons on which its opinion is founded.
  154.  Where a local authority are empowered to work any tramways belonging to, or authorised to be constructed or acquired by them, the committee on the bill may, if it thinks fit in the special circumstances of the case, empower the local authority to enter into agreements for running powers over any tramways in connection with the tramways so worked or to be worked by them: Running powers in tramway bills. (HL 139)
  Provided that in any such case the committee on the bill shall make provision—
      (1)  that no such agreement shall have effect until approved by the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions;
      (2)  that all enactments, bye-laws and regulations relating to the use of or the running of carriages upon the tramways, and the taking of tolls and charges therefor, shall, so far as applicable and with the necessary modifications, extend and apply to, and shall be observed by, the local authority exercising such running powers;
      (3)  that such running powers shall in no case be exclusive, and shall cease unconditionally at the expiration of seven years from the date of the agreement;
      (4)  that further agreements for the exercise of such running powers may be made from time to time with the approval of the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for any period not exceeding seven years, provided that such powers shall cease unconditionally at the expiration of the period for which the same are given; and
      (5)  that all questions in dispute as to the construction of, or arising in consequence of, such agreements shall be determined by arbitration.
  And the committee shall report the circumstances specially to the House.

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