HC Deb 12 April 1927 vol 205 cc185-6
60. Sir J. POWER

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that trains running on the Putney and Wimbledon line are frequently reduced in length before the morning rush traffic has come to an end; and if he will make representations on the matter to the Metropolitan District Railway, with a view to preventing the consequent avoidable overcrowding that occurs on some mornings?

Colonel ASHLEY

Since my hon. Friend gave notice of his question, the railway company concerned have taken records of the loadings of the trains on the Putney and Wimbledon line, and have furnished me with particulars showing the number of persons travelling between 9.30 and 11.30 a.m. on certain dates. These particulars indicate that the capacity of the trains between 10.30 and 11.30 a.m. exceeds the number of persons travelling, and the company have informed me that they cannot see that any adjustment in the composition of the trains is required. I have no doubt, however, that they would be glad to consider any additional information which my hon. Friend may be prepared to furnish on this point.