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14 Power for railway companies to enter upon adjoining lands to repair accidents. U.K.

F1 It shall be lawful for the lords of the said committee to empower any railway company, in case of any accident or slip happening or being apprehended to any cutting, embankment, or other work belonging to them, to enter upon any lands adjoining their railway for the purpose of repairing or preventing such accident, and to do such works as may be necessary for the purpose: Provided always, that in case of necessity it shall be lawful for any railway company to enter upon such lands, and to do such works as aforesaid, without having obtained the previous sanction of the lords of the said committee; but in every such case such railway company shall, within forty-eight hours after such entry, make a report to the lords of the said committee, specifying the nature of such accident or apprehended accident, and of the works necessary to be done, and such powers shall cease and determine if the lords of the said committee shall, after considering the said report, certify that their exercise is not necessary for the public safety: Provided also, that such works shall be as little injurious to the said adjoining lands as the nature of the accident or apprehended accident will admit of, and shall be executed with all possible despatch; and full compensation shall be made to the owners and occupiers of such lands for the loss or injury or inconvenience sustained by them respectively by reason of such works, the amount of which compensation, in case of any dispute about the same, shall be settled in the same manner as cases of disputed compensation are directed to be settled by the Acts relating to the railway on which such works may become necessary: Provided always, that no land shall be taken permanently by any railway company for such works without a certificate from the lords of the said committee as herein-after described.

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C1References to “lords of the said committee” to be construed as references to Minister of Transport: Interpretation Act 1889 (c. 63), s. 12(8), Ministry of Transport Act 1919 (c. 50), s. 2, Sch. I. para. 1, S.I. 1953/1204 (1953 I, p. 1225), arts. 3(1), 4(4), 1959/1768 (1959 I, p. 1793) arts. 3(2), 4(1), 1970/1681, arts. 2(1), 6(3) and 1979/571, arts. 2(1) 3(5)