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Hyde Park: Closure of Albert Gate

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The decision to close the Albert Gate was made by the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday 17 June when a potentially dangerous protest (a man set fire to himself) was staged outside the adjacent French Embassy. Several further incidents took place over the next few days and the gate remained closed until the Metropolitan Police decided it was safe to reopen it on Monday 7 July.

Metropolitan Police officers were posted at the site throughout this period. They explained the situation to pedestrians and cyclists and directed them to alternative routes into Hyde Park. As Albert Gate

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does not give access to motor vehicles the closure did not cause disruption to traffic.

This was a Metropolitan Police operation, undertaken as part of their normal contingency planning for events around London. The Royal Parks co-operated fully in closing the gate, but this did not involve any additional costs for the Royal Parks.

Railways: Bi-directional Working

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether more restrictive standards or rules have been applied to bi-directional working than was the case when the system was installed; if so, which body applied the more restrictive rules and when; and

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    what consideration was given to possible efficiency losses in terms of train service operating conditions and maintenance productivity.[HL3771]

Lord Davies of Oldham: Network Rail advises that more restrictive standards or rules have not been applied to bi-directional working. However, Network Rail's RIMINI (risk minimisation) system attempts to ensure that Network Rail or other dutyholders have properly planned their maintenance work to limit and protect trackside workers from moving trains using a hierarchy of control measures. Under RIMINI 'green zone' working removes train movements from the track and 'red zone' working allows train movements but provides other control measures for trackside workers.

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