§ Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further steps he is taking(a) to reduce overcrowded carriages on the London underground and (b) to increase safety against personal attack or accidents at stations; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Portillo
Since October 1986 investment of over £100 million has been approved on measures to relieve overcrowding in addition to the modernisation of the Central line at a cost of some £720 million. More is in the pipeline and the central London rail study is developing a strategy to relieve congestion and cater for the forecast growth to the end of the century. As regards passenger security and safety, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 20 December and to the statement by the Secretary of State on 10 November at column 496.