HC Deb 15 July 1946 vol 425 cc149-50W
101. Captain Gunter

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware of the congestion on the L.M.S. trains operating between Fenchurch Street and Southend-on-Sea during peak hours; of the bad state of the rolling-stock in use; and what steps he proposes to take to give South-East Essex an adequate railway service.

Mr. Barnes:

I am advised that congestion on the Southend trains of the L. M. S. is mainly on the evening trains from London to Southend due to the concentration of the peak traffic within a very short period. The condition of the rolling stock deteriorated during the war but improvements are being made as rapidly as possible. Last Monday I met a deputation of hon. Members from constituencies in this area and have promised to examine proposals for improvement which they are to send to me.

106. Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the inconvenience caused by the closing of the Finchley Road entrance to the Golders Green Underground station at 10 a.m. daily; and whether he will take action with a view to extending the time such entrance is opened

Mr. Barnes:

Yes, Sir. The closing of the station entrance at 10 a.m. is due to shortage of staff. In the autumn, when the holiday season is over, it is proposed to keep this entrance open throughout the day.