All aboard for big­ger, bet­ter train ser­vice

Suc­ces­ful cam­paign for ex­tra space

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

THE MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton has praised the new Elec­trostar ser­vice from Hayes and Har­ling­ton Sta­tion to Padding­ton which will al­low for an ex­tra 1,000 com­muters every day.

Great Western Rail launched the new ser­vice on Fri­day, Septem­ber 9 which will see an in­crease in the fre­quency of trains and the num­ber of car­riages per train.

John McDon­nell said he and many of his con­stituents had been con­cerned about over­crowd­ing on trains.

The Labour MP said: “I travel on this route al­most daily and like my con­stituents I have been very con­cerned about the fre­quency and over­crowd­ing on trains.

“This is why I was very pleased to be given the op­por­tu­nity to take part in the launch of this new train ser­vice which I’ve been cam­paign­ing for.”

Ac­cord­ing to the in­de­pen­dent Of­fice of Rail and Road over 1.5mil­lion pas­sen­gers trav­elled from the Hayes and Har­ling­ton Sta­tion in 2014/15.

The new ser­vice will op­er­ate on the same path as the old two-car train, but will in­clude an ex­tra 528 seats in the morn­ing rush hour.

There will also be space for an­other 606 pas­sen­gers in the evening peaks.

Mr McDon­nell, the Shadow Chan­cel­lor, added: “The new ser­vice is more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and also more ef­fi­cient as it car­ries more pas­sen­gers. Great Western Rail are hop­ing to in­tro­duce more of these trains over the next few years which is good news for my con­stituents as these changes have been needed for a very long time.”

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