Rail companies are drawing up plans for emergency air conditioning back-up after trapped passengers suffered heat exhaustion on a brokendown East Coast Main Line train last week. GNER is considering installing generators on its 200km/h electric trains. Network Rail could also introduce a fleet of emergency response vans to carry generators to broken-down trains within 30 minutes. Transport secretary, Alistair Darling is looking into using European-style double-decker trains as a solution to worsening commuter over-crowding. The new trains would provide an alternative to rail congestion charging proposed by train companies. Passenger numbers have risen 40% in the last nine years, and train companies predict a 28% to 41% rise in rail travel over the next 10 years.
West Midlands Police have taken down 10 speed cameras and are removing the film from a further 50, after a review found they were redundant or that their positioning could compromise safety. A government-ordered review of 6,000 cameras found that some broke rules on visibility. Others will be switched off where there has been no injury in a collision for three years.