This act introduced government regulation to the railways which were springing up around the country at this time; the Railways Department of the Board of Trade (the predecessor of Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate) was created to fulfil this task.
Measures contained in the Act were;
This document was published on 10th August 1840 by Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
It was written by Her Majesty's Government.
The original document format was Paper, and comprised 7 pages.
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"Whereas it is expedient for the Safety of the Public to provide for the due Supervision of Railways: Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty That, after Two Months from the passing of this Act, no Railway, or Portion of any Railway, shall be opened for the public Conveyance of Passengers or Goods until One Calendar Month after Notice in Writing of the Intention of opening the same shall been given, by the Company to whom such Railway shall belong, to the Lords of the Committee of Her Majesty's Privy Council appointed for Trade and Foreign Plantations;
That the Lords of the said Committee may order and direct every Railway Company to make up and deliver to them Returns, according to a Form to be provided by the Lords of the said Committee, of the aggregate Traffic in Passengers, according to the several Classes, and of the aggregate Traffic in Cattle and Goods respectively, on the said Railway, as well as of all Accidents which shall have occurred thereon attended with personal Injury, and also a Table of all Tolls, Rates, and Charges from Time to Time levied on each Class [of] Passengers, and on Cattle and Goods, conveyed on the said Railway;
that it shall be lawful for the Lords of the said Committee to authorize any proper Person or Persons to inspect any Railway; and it shall be lawful for every Person so authorized, at all reasonable Times, upon producing his Authority, if required, to enter upon and examine the said Railway, and the Stations, Works, and Buildings, and the Engines and Carriages belonging thereto;"
10th August 1840
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