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The EU drivers’ hours regulations allow HGV drivers to take a daily rest or a reduced weekly rest in their vehicle, provided the vehicle is stationary and is fitted with suitable sleeping facilities. However, the regulations do not allow a regular weekly rest period of 45 hours to be taken in the vehicle. Subject to stakeholder views, the Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency will be...
Reducing the maximum speed of trains from 360km/h to 320km/h would result in trains taking longer to complete their overall journey. This means that, unless we buy more train sets, we will not able to run as many train services on HS2 and therefore capacity will be reduced. In my previous answer [HL5562], reduced capacity was also in the context of running tilting trains at 300km/h on the...
The minor line speed improvements on the West Coast Main Line (WCML), mainly north of Preston, would increase the maximum permissible speed for non-tilting rolling stock to towards the maximum permissible speed for tilting rolling stock. These improvements would not therefore have any effect on the journey time of four hours and seventeen minutes for Pendolino services between London and Glasgow.
Entered the House of Lords on 17 January 2011
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