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Railways: Overcrowding

Transport written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what will be the maximum time a passenger should have to stand on an intercity rail journey under the new franchises.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The Government's aim is that all intercity passengers should get a seat (unless they are making a short journey of less than 20 minutes). Bidders for west coast will be asked to submit credible plans for achieving this objective, based on the passenger numbers they plan to carry over the life of the franchise.

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