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Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington

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London Commuter Crush Getting Worse - Brake

June 29, 2005 1:02 AM

Overcrowding on London commuter trains has risen dramatically since 1997, according to new official figures released today by the Liberal Democrats.

Commenting on these figures, Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

"Once again rail passengers are suffering in dangerous conditions. And the London commuter crush will only get worse as the weather gets warmer.

"The Government cannot expect people to get off the roads and onto public transport if it is not safe and comfortable.

"It is farcical that Labour has introduced regulations for the transportation of chickens, but not for humans. The imminent rail review must take the opportunity to tackle this."

"I have raised the overcrowding statistics with Southern railway, which serves Carshalton and Wallington. I have received assurances that they will step up their efforts to reduce overcrowding and improve services. In Parliament, I continue to fight for more investment in public transport to ensure more on our trains."