Railway Commuters (Radio Programmes)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th January 1970.

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Photo of Mr Gwilym Roberts Mr Gwilym Roberts , Bedfordshire South 12:00 am, 27th January 1970

asked the Minister of Transport if he will give a general direction to British Railways to relay early morning and tea-time radio programmes, including news bulletins and other items of interest, to commuter passengers travelling in and out of London and other major cities.

Photo of Mr Gwilym Roberts Mr Gwilym Roberts , Bedfordshire South

Is my hon. Friend aware that if public transport is to flourish it must get away from the cattle truck era as quickly as possible? Is he further aware that broadcasts of this type would not need to be universal in that one could have broadcast and non-broadcast carriages?

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

This is a matter for the day-to-day management of British Rail. I should have thought, however, that the main concern of commuters was getting to and from their destinations as quickly as possible in the maximum comfort without necessarily having to listen to broadcasts which, after all, might be telling them about faster forms of travel.

Photo of Mr Fred Blackburn Mr Fred Blackburn , Stalybridge and Hyde

I thank my hon. Friend for his comprehensive answer to the original Question. Is he aware, as I am sure he is, that some people like at times to be quiet?