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London Transport (Vehicles)

Volume 416: debated on Monday 19 November 1945

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asked the Minister of War Transport if he will arrange for more omnibuses to operate and trains to run on the L.P.T.B. systems in the London and Greater London areas, during the peak periods of passenger travel and thus avoid the congestion and inconvenience caused to the travelling public through shortage of accommodation on omnibuses and trains at these times.

The London Passenger Transport Board will introduce new schedules increasing peak period services next month and early in the New Year. As a general rule in the Central London area the train services provided at the peak periods arc the maximum that can be operated, but if my hon. Friend has any particular case in mind I shall be happy to make inquiries.

Is the Minister aware that, during peak periods in the London area, people have almost to fight to get on the trains and, when on trains, have almost to fight to get off again; and is not the whole business undignified? Is there not an urgent necessity for trying to improve conditions for the travelling public in these trains?

As one who has been travel-line for 10 years on the Underground, I am not unfamiliar with the conditions.

If the hon. Member has any specific point, and he will put it down, I will give it consideration.