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Railways: Milton Keynes

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage increase in (a) capacity and (b) seats on trains from Milton Keynes are expected to result from the introduction of the new platform at that station. (138607)

The enlarged station at Milton Keynes Central station enables a 33 per cent. increase in the number of long-distance services compared with a situation if the station had not been improved. Seating capacity is also likely to increase by a similar percentage.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals for a direct shuttle to Central Milton Keynes utilising the two spare hourly fast track slots once the new platform is complete. (138608)

There will be no spare capacity on the fast lines between Milton Keynes and London Euston, to provide the service sought by the hon. Member.