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Rail Capacity (Croydon)

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

The Petition of the people of Croydon,

Declares that the service provided between Croydon and London stations is insufficient to meet demand, with unacceptable levels of overcrowding for hard working commuters and late night travellers.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to increase rail capacity to Croydon.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr. Andrew Pelling, Official Report, 24 March 2010; Vol. 508, c. 348.]


Observations from the Secretary of State for Transport, received on Wednesday 31 March 2010:

It is certainly true that the rail routes between Croydon and London are busy and popular.

A number of initiatives are in hand to provide additional capacity on these routes:

1. On 23 May 2010, Transport for London’s East London Line extension will open, which will provide four trains per hour all day every day (except Sunday mornings) between West Croydon and Dalston Junction with interchanges with Underground lines at Whitechapel and Canada Water.

2. The Southern Train Operating Company is committed in its Franchise Agreement to increase the lengths of peak trains, in a number of stages, during the course of its franchise. These include, for example, the lengthening of peak East Grinstead trains from 8 to 12 cars by December 2011. This will provide considerable additional capacity for commuters travelling between East Croydon and both London Victoria and London Bridge in peak hours.

3. New rolling stock for the Thameslink route is being procured by Government. Many of these trains, when they are delivered in 2014 and 2015, will be of 12-car formation, replacing the 4 and 8-car trains at present in use on the Thameslink route between East Croydon and St. Pancras International and beyond.