Examination of Witnesses (Questions 1300
1300. MS LIEVEN: I am sorry, Mr Berryman,
you are on your own!
(Mr Berryman) It is an Infrastructure Manager and you have
a train operator, and they have to produce safety cases for every
activity that they do. A safety case is a document which explains
how safe running of the railway is achieved, and that safety case
can only be produced by the infrastructure manager and the operator.
The infrastructure manager has only just been appointed in the
last few weeksNetwork Railand it will be a long
time before the operator is appointed, and that will be a train
1301. CHAIRMAN: Crossrail is the infrastructure
(Mr Berryman) Crossrail will not be the infrastructure manager,
my Lord, in the long term.
1302. Who has just been appointed?
(Mr Berryman) Network Rail. Perhaps I should explain that.
1303. LORD BROOKE OF ALVERTHORPE: It
has been transferred across from the Health and Safety Commission,
has it not?
(Mr Berryman) Not exactly.
1304. LORD BROOKE OF ALVERTHORPE: I am
trying to help!
(Mr Berryman) The infrastructure manager takes responsibility
for safe operation of the railway, planning of the train services,
in other words how many trains run and what the timetable is,
and various other matters which are set out in the 2002 Act. The
issue has been who should be the infrastructure manager for this
section of railway. It has always been accepted that Network Rail
are the likely infrastructure manager, but it has only recently
been agreed by the Department and others that it should be Network
Rail who take that role. The train operating company will not
be appointed for probably seven or eight years. Network Rail and
the train operating company will have to produce the safety case.
HM Railway Inspectorate gives an indication that things will be
approved or that they do not object to things, subject to a safety
case, and that is the position we are in now. We will still have
to make a safety case but we already have an assurance from HMRI
that, subject to a satisfactory safety case, there will be no
objection. I ought to explain that the HMRI never actually approve
anything; they always issue a letter of no objection. I can see
Lord Snape nodding, he must have some experience of that.
1305. BARNONESS FOOKES: Is it analogous
to outline planning permission subject to details being supplied
(Mr Berryman) That is an absolutely accurate analysis, yes.
1306. CHAIRMAN: Except that the timetable
here is going to be a great deal longer because you have got to
have the conjunction of the train operating company and the infrastructure
manager, and we will not have that for many years.
(Mr Berryman) That is correct.
1307. MR REED: You said a little while
ago that you think it was about a year ago that you made these
changes. Tell me, when did you first deliver those changes as
expressed on drawings to Newham Council?
(Mr Berryman) I am not sure that we ever did. Certainly it
would be as a result of this Petition I would imagine.
1308. So the first time that these drawings
were seen by Newham is when you sent through the slide, was it,
on Monday morning?
(Mr Berryman) Quite likely, yes.
1309. I see. Just to understand then what the
original proposals were, I think I understood what it was but
just to be clear about it, the original proposals involvedand
I will just make reference to the Environmental Statement, although
I do not think we need to particularly turn to it unless we get
bogged down, although I think it would be worthwhile having the
Manor Park plan turned up, which is number 10 in the bundle.
Do you have that, Mr Berryman?
(Mr Berryman) That one there, yes.
1310. Thank you very much. The proposals originally
were for --- in fact I think we can probably start the process
at 012 where we see demolitions.
(Mr Berryman) I am sorry, this is not the plans
that were part of the original scheme. This is what we would have
to do if we were to put MRP access in.
1311. Absolutely, but if we can start the process
please at 12, which if I understood you correctly was describing
the position as was understood to be the case in the original
(Mr Berryman) No, that is not the case. Let me see if I can
find the right one.
1312. I do not think you will find it there
(Mr Berryman) Let me explain what the position was originally.
1313. MR REED: Perhaps if I can
1314. CHAIRMAN: Why do you not let him
explain what it was originally?
(Mr Berryman) The idea was that this freight loop which runs
along here (indicating) would be closed and the platform would
be widened here (indicating) and extended out that way. In addition,
we would have had to have a short platform extension here (indicating).
1315. MR REED: Yes and the result was,
in terms of the staircases?
(Mr Berryman) There would be minor alterations to this staircase
1316. Did you say minor alterations; is that
(Mr Berryman) Yes.
1317. What is described in the ES is "existing
footbridge and walkway between platforms one and two/three will
be modified with stairs to platform one."
(Mr Berryman) That is here (indicating).
1318. I see, it is just that little bit.
(Mr Berryman) Just that little bit there.
1319. There was also going to be a replacement
goods loop, was there not?
(Mr Berryman) A replacement goods lift?
30 Crossrail Ref: P8, Manor Park Station-Proposed
details for the provision of PRM lifts without platform extensions
Crossrail Ref: P8, Manor Park Station-Extent of demolition (NEWMLB-53_04-012) Back