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Railways: Buckinghamshire

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the passenger capacity is of commuter trains serving (a) Wolverton, (b) Central Milton Keynes and (c) Bletchley train stations per day; and what the capacity is of (i) peak time services and (ii) an average train serving each. (197300)

Commuter trains to London that serve the three stations in the Milton Keynes area have the capacity to transport over 50,000 passengers in each direction each day. Trains calling for London arrivals between 7 am and 10 am have almost 8,000 seats with an absolute capacity of 13,000. A typical peak time train serving the Milton Keynes area would have 412 seats and an absolute capacity of 720. Capacity at individual stations is a matter for London Midland.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people used (a) Wolverton, (b) Central Milton Keynes and (c) Bletchley train stations per day for (i) peak and (ii) non-peak journey times in the latest period for which figures are available; and what projection has been made of the likely numbers in each year until 2031. (197301)

Depending on the time of year, a total of between 15,000 and 20,000 rail passengers use the three stations within the Milton Keynes region every weekday. The morning peak period carries between 5,000 and 8,000 of the daily passengers, the evening peak is almost as popular, and the remainder travel outside of these times. Over two-thirds of all the passengers have an ultimate origin or destination of London.

We expect numbers to continue to grow significantly over the next few years as a result of the projected population growth in the Milton Keynes region. The Department is providing for this growth by lengthening most peak time trains to 12 cars during 2009. Figures for individual stations are matters for London Midland.

The Department is currently engaged with Milton Keynes council in assessing the projected passenger numbers in the region as far ahead as 2031 as part of the Intercity Express project.