asked the Minister of Transport what study he has made of the arrangements for the co-ordination of commuter services into the Kings Cross—St. Pancras area, in view of the proposals to close the Luton—Harpenden—Moorgate line; and if he is satisfied with them.
The proposal published by the Railways Board is to close to passengers a section of line between Kentish Town and Kings Cross, involving the withdrawal of three trains a day one way and two the other between Luton and Moorgate. There is no proposal to withdraw the rest of the local service, which terminates at St. Pancras; indeed I understand that it is the Board's current intention to augment it slightly at peak hours.I cannot comment in advance on the merits of the proposal, on which the Transport Users' Consultative Committee will be reporting to me. Co-ordination of services in London is a statutory responsibility of the Railways and London Boards. In considering the closures proposal I shall pay special attention to this aspect.