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Railways: Overcrowding

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the levels of overcrowding on trains running between Preston and Manchester at peak times; and if she will make a statement. (181453)

There are no specific requirements regarding levels of crowding on this route. The Department’s general requirements for crowding are that passengers should not be expected to stand for more than 20 minutes.

The rail White Paper was published in July 2007. It sets out the resources we intend to make available to the rail industry and the increases in capacity, as well as safety and performance, that we expect the industry to deliver in return.