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Benfleet Rail Station Facilities

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

I rise to present a petition and survey representing about 800 of my constituents who are concerned about the facilities provided for commuters at Benfleet rail station. The operator, c2c, has achieved much over the past decade on the train service and has greatly improved Benfleet station. I sincerely congratulate c2c on that, but may I gently ask the company to engage sensitively with Wendy Daines, who organised the petition, to find a decent way forward for all the stakeholders?

The petition states:

The Petition of Wendy Daines, residents of Castle Point and others,

Declares that the café of Benfleet Station gives a good service and should be retained by c2c in its current format, and that toilet facilities should be provided on the London-bound platform for the 3,000-plus passengers who use the station each day

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons implores the Government to press c2c to maintain the facilities in their current state and to add appropriate toilet facilities to the London-bound platform

And the Petitioners remain, etc.