HC Deb 18 July 1940 vol 363 cc418-9W
Major Milner

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the overweighted trains resulting in delay and also of the overcrowding of some of the trains between Leeds and London on the London and North Eastern Railway resulting in unsatisfactory conditions of travel for passengers, especially members of the armed Forces, many of whom have to travel in the corridors; and whether he will arrange for reliefs or additional trains to be run?

Sir J. Reith

I am aware that trains on the London and North Eastern route to Leeds are heavily laden, but I am assured that the service is the best that can be provided under present conditions. As hon. Members are aware, the heavy demands for the transport of coal and other essentials during the past few months have necessitated cuts in the passenger services, and it is probable that these demands will increase rather than decrease with our growing war effort.