Railways: South East Region

Transport written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the strategy for reducing overcrowding on trains in the South East is; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Tom Harris Tom Harris Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government will continue to take steps to increase the capacity of the railways through the franchising process, and through the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) and the longer term strategy framework, both of which will be published this summer 2007.

Additional capacity can be provided in a number of different ways and the rail industry will respond to the HLOS in October 2007 with proposals for optimum interventions tailored to specific routes.

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