Railway Stations: Traffic

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 5th March 2015.

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Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) 9:30 am, 5th March 2015

Although I am a strong champion of the unprecedented investment programme going on right across the country, including the rebuilding of one of the most complicated and busiest stations in Europe, that cannot be done at the expense of passengers. I have had several conversations with the chief executive of Network Rail—most recently before questions this morning—and we are in constant contact with the station management team. It will take a joined-up approach from operators, Network Rail and the British Transport Police, and the system is feeding that service to ensure that passenger safety and comfort is not compromised. Clearly nobody wants crowded platforms—but this is not crowd control; this is passengers trying to get home after a long day at work.