HC Deb 01 March 1927 vol 203 cc191-2
34. Mr. KELLY

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been called to the dangerous overcrowding of trains on the underground railways, particularly in the mornings when men, women and young people are travelling to their work; and will he take steps to insist upon the companies concerned providing better facilities for the travelling public?

Colonel ASHLEY

So far as I am aware, the companies concerned are doing what they can to minimise overcrowding on underground railways, but if the hon. Member will give me particulars of cases where avoidable overcrowding occurs, I will bring them to the notice of the railway company.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is so general that he can find examples of it on each of the underground railways in London any morning?

Colonel ASHLEY

yes, but the hon. Member puts down a question on these lines, and I think it is up to him to give instances in support of his contention.


Does the right hon. Gentleman recollect that the Traffic Advisory Committee, on which he relies for advice in this matter, has stated that no improvement can occur in the North Eastern Railway service until that line is electrified? Does the right hon. Gentleman intend to take any steps to expedite electrification?


The original question related to the underground railways.


Is my right hon. Friend aware that or a recent morning, on the occasion of a breakdown on the District Railway, when there were large numbers of people held up on the Putney-Wimbledon line, the additional coaches put on during rush hours were taken off as if there had been no congestion?


Notice should be given of that question.

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