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Transport written question – answered on 22nd February 2010.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what guidance his Department has provided to train operating companies on the transport of surf boards on trains.

Photo of Chris Mole Chris Mole Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The Department for Transport has not issued any guidance to train operating companies on the carriage of surf boards on trains.

The National Rail Conditions of Carriage sets out the conditions for luggage, articles, animals and cycles. Section II Appendix B includes a table relating to the carriage of specific articles in passenger accommodation, which includes "Canoes, Surfboards and Sailboards": none of these are permitted.

It is for the Association of Train Operating Companies, in consultation with its members and other interested bodies, to consider whether any changes should be proposed to be made to these. Any proposed changes to the National Rail Conditions of Carriage require the approval of the Secretary of State.

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