§ MR. POWER (Waterford, E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the continued overcrowding which still takes place on most of the trains of the District Railway in spite of the assurances of the company to Parliament that they were closely watching the traffic and making arrangements accordingly; if his attention has been called to the fact that, except during certain hours in the mornings and evenings, the District trains consist of not more than two ordinary and one first-class carriage; and whether, considering the great overcrowding which takes place on these three-carriage trains, he will see that at any rate a fourth carriage is provided on such trains.
§ MR. CHURCHILL
The Board of Trade are informed that the railway company are at present putting all their rolling stock through the shops for thorough overhaul and for the removal of the pneumatic arrangements controlling the carriage doors, and the substitution of latches. The company expect that this work will be finished by the autumn 1090 and they then intend to increase the number of carriages on their trains. In the meantime they state that they do no anticipate that there will be any cause for complaint with regard to overcrowding as during the holiday season the traffic on their line is considerably decreased.
§ MR. KEIR HARDIE
asked whether four carriages could not be put on every train on the District Railway at certain hours every day.
§ MR. RIDSDALE (Brighton)
Has the right hon. Gentleman contemplated, in the event of an accident, the serious results which might follow from this overcrowding?
§ MR. CHURCHILL
said he would address the railway company on the subject, and acquaint them with the statements made in the House; but the information he had given was that which had been furnished by the company.