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Railways

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the maximum average load factor is at each station identified in Table A4 and A5 of her Department’s 2007 White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway, in the last year for which figures are available; (211420)

(2) what the (a) forecast passenger demand and (b) train capacity was at each station identified in Table A4 and A5 of her Department’s 2007 White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway, in the last year for which figures are available;

(3) who in her Department has responsibility for policy on train capacity; and whether a national study on train capacity is planned.

The average maximum load factor for each London termini is shown on table figure 5.4 on page 53 of the 2007, White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway, published in July 2007 and available on the departmental website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/about/strategy/whitepapers/white papercm7176/.

These are the most recent data available.

The load factor data for the regional cities shown on table figure 5.5 on page 55 of the White Paper are also the most recent data available for these cities.

The Forecast Passenger Demand and Train Capacity data contained in the White Paper are the most recent available data.

A national study on train capacity was conducted to inform the proposals contained in the White Paper.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has introduced to ensure that train companies providing long-distance travel allow standard class passengers to sit in first class when there are no seats available in standard class. (212246)

Train companies guarantee the provision of seats where reservations have been made. Seat reservations are automatically included with many tickets, such as quota controlled 'Advance' fares.

In other circumstances, on-train staff may give permission for holders of Standard Class tickets to travel in First Class accommodation without extra charge. Alternatively they may declassify First Class carriages. However, this is a matter for the train companies and their staff and will be decided on a case-by-case basis.