1 Citation and commencement

This Order may be cited as the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) (London Underground Metropolitan Line S8 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2011 and shall come into force on 14th February 2011.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 14 February 2011: see above.

2 Interpretation

2Interpretation

In this Order—

“boarding device requirement” means the requirement to fit a boarding device at wheelchair-compatible doorways set out in paragraph 1(1) of Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) Regulations 2010;

“Metropolitan Line” means the London Underground route between Aldgate and Amersham, Chesham, Watford and Uxbridge stations, including platforms 1 and 4 at Neasden and Willesden Green stations;

“MS exempt vehicle” means a rail vehicle of the type known as Metropolitan Line 2010 Tube Stock (S8) and with a number in the series 24001 to 24116;

“step-free access” means access from the station entrance to the platform level without the use of stairs or escalators.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 14 February 2011: see art 1.

3 Exemption relating to boarding devices at wheelchair compatible doorways

3Exemption relating to boarding devices at wheelchair compatible doorways

Subject to article 4, an MS exempt vehicle is authorised to be used for carriage on the Metropolitan Line even if it is used in a manner that does not conform with the boarding device requirement, but only in so far as the vehicle is stationary at a station platform named in table 1 in the Schedule.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 14 February 2011: see art 1.

4 Expiry

4Expiry

The exemption specified in article 3 expires—

(a)    in relation to Harrow on the Hill station, platform 2, at the end of 30th November 2013;

(b)    in relation to a station platform named in table 2 in the Schedule, when step-free access is provided to that station platform.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 14 February 2011: see art 1.

Signature

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Transport

Norman Baker

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Transport

13th January 2011

SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE   Articles 3 and 4
Table 1
Station platforms at which the exemption from the boarding device requirement will apply
stationplatform
Aldgate1
Harrow on the Hill2
Neasden1
Neasden4
Willesden Green1
Willesden Green4
Table 2
Station platforms at which the exemption from the boarding device requirement will apply until there is step free access
stationplatform
Neasden1
Neasden4
Willesden Green1
Willesden Green4
NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 14 February 2011: see art 1.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Order)

This Order exempts certain rail vehicles of the type S8 from the requirement of paragraph 1(1), Part 1 in Schedule 1 of the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/432) to fit boarding devices at wheelchair-compatible doorways (article 3). The exemption applies in respect of six specified station platforms on the Metropolitan Line which may be used by S8 vehicles if there is disruption to timetabled services on the Metropolitan Line.

The exemption in respect of five of the station platforms is of limited duration (article 4). The exemption in relation to Aldgate platform 1 is without limitation of time but the Secretary of State may revoke it by Order.

An equivalent exemption was provided in respect of 65 station platforms on the Metropolitan Line by article 4(b) of the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (London Underground Metropolitan Line S8 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2010 (SI 2010/435). That Order provided for exemptions from the requirement of regulation 23(1) of the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/2456) (“RVAR 1998”).

RVAR 1998 has since been revoked by regulation 7(1)(a) of the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) Regulations 2010, which also replace RVAR 1998 with substantively equivalent provisions. Transitional arrangements were also provided, ensuring that the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (London Underground Metropolitan Line S8 Vehicles) Exemption Order continues to have effect.

An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no impact on the costs of business, the public sector, third sector organisations, regulators or consumers is foreseen.