Railways: Overcrowding

Transport written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Hesford Stephen Hesford PPS (Vera Baird QC, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department, PPS (Mr Michael Wills, Minister of State), Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to minimise overcrowding on trains; and if she will make a statement.

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

The rail White Paper, published in July, committed £15 billion in total Government support to the railway over the period from 2009 to 2014. £10 billion of that will be devoted specifically to increasing capacity. Among a range of measures, there will be an extra 1,300 new carriages which will be targeted at the most congested routes on the network.

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