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Railways: Fixed Penalties

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on how many occasions financial penalties have been issued to train operating companies for failure to provide enough seats for rail passengers in each of the last four quarters. (321497)

[holding answer 10 March 2010]: A small number of train operators have arrangements in their franchise agreements under which they pay amounts to the Department for Transport in cases where they fail to provide the scheduled number of seats on nominated services. The three operators are Southern (until September 2009), c2c, and Chiltern.

The number of occasions for which a financial penalty has been paid by a train operating company in these circumstances in each of the last four reporting quarters is given in the following table.

Training operating companies

12 weeks ending

2 May 2009

25 July 2009

17 October 2009

9 January 2010

Number of occasions

233

201

141

71