Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, is meeting train operators First Capital Connect to discuss passengers‘ concerns. Highest amongst these are overcrowding on trains, attempts to ration space by increasing fares, and disabled access to Hitchin station.

    Peter said, “There are three issues I will be raising at the meeting. First, the issue of disabled access to Hitchin station. I have been pressing for some time for work to enable those in wheel chairs easier access to and from the London platform. I want to know when this will finally be resolved.”

    “The second issue is overcrowding. I have had complaints from various constituents that many peak hour trains are unbearable, and I will be asking First Capital Connect what they intend to do to improve this situation.

    “Most constituents who write to me about First Capital Connect‘s decision to make cheap day return tickets to London ineligible during the early evening say they have not observed any reduction in overcrowding in the evening rush hour. I will be asking the company whether they have any evidence that this attempt to ration carriage space by price has worked and when they will be able to increase capacity to make it unnecessary.

    “Finally, the Government has recently announced it will be making a thousand extra carriages available to be leased cheaply to rail operators between 2009 and 2014. I will be seeking an assurance from First Capital Connect they will be increasing the number of longer trains as soon as possible.”