HC Deb 24 March 1898 vol 55 cc759-60
MR. S. WOODS (Essex, Walthamstow)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that several of the railway companies having termini in London, are not complying with the Cheap Trains Act, 1883, by running workmen's trains until eight o'clock in the morning; that the latest train arriving in Liverpool Street, on the Great Eastern Railway, is 6.47 a.m., the Great Northern Railway arriving in Moorgate Street at 6.39 a.m., the Midland Railway at 6.13 a.m., whether he is aware that there is a great demand by the working classes for later trains; and whether the Board of Trade are in communication with the railway companies, with a view of securing compliance with the Act of Parliament; if not, will he take the necessary steps to carry out the provisions of the Act of 1883?


I am aware that several railway companies have no workmen's trains running on their lines as late as eight o'clock. The Board of Trade have recently addressed a communication to these companies on the subject. If there is a demand for additional workmen's trains, as distinct from cheap trains, I shall be glad to receive any evidence indicating the further trains desired between specific points, and I shall be happy to cause inquiries to be made, and, if necessary, use the powers conferred upon the Board of Trade by the Cheap Trains Act.