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57 MPs tell Government to grow the rail network

20 June 2007
57 MPs [1] today joined Transport 2000’s [2] Sardine Man [3] and actress Jenny Agutter in Westminster to show their support for a growing railway.

Photographs of all MPs are available online: www.flickr.com/photos/transport2000

With over a billion people taking train journeys every year, rail overcrowding has become the number 1 passenger concern. The 57 MPs, representing the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties in England, Wales and Scotland, turned out to call on the Government to tackle rail overcrowding and improve services for passengers through its upcoming 30-year rail strategy. Transport 2000`s submission to the Rail White Paper can be read online.

The MPs met Sardine Man, mascot of Transport 2000`s Growing the Railways campaign, and Railway Children actress Jenny Agutter. Jenny Agutter, who is Transport 2000’s patron and a great supporter of the railways, said: "Rail use by passengers and for freight is having a real renaissance and is at its highest level since the 1950s, and still rising. This is great news – but the rail network and number of services has not expanded to keep up with demand. The Government will be issuing a rail strategy this summer which must place growing the railways at its heart."


Notes to editors

[1] The MPs:

David Amess
Peter Atkinson
John Austin
Adrian Bailey
Celia Barlow
John Barrett
Tom Brake
Malcolm Bruce
Colin Burgon
Paul Burstow
Lorely Burt
Vincent Cable
Alastair Carmichael
Ian Cawsey
Colin Challen
Anne Cryer
Lynne Featherstone
Don Foster
Ian Gibson
Helen Goodman
James Gray
Chris Grayling
Nia Griffith
David Heath
Charles Hendry
Kelvin Hopkins
John Horam
David Howarth
Eric Illsley
Lynne Jones
Susan Kramer
Mark Lancaster
Mark Lazarowicz
John Leech
David Lepper
Peter Lilley
Tim Loughton
Humfrey Malins
Alan Meale
Anne Milton
Elliot Morley
Andrew Murrison
Bob Neil
John Penrose
Gwyn Prosser
John Pugh
Linda Riordan
Andrew Rosindell
Paul Rowen
Martin Salter
Andrew Stunell
Betty Williams
Mark Williams
Ann Winterton
Anthony Wright
Sir George Young
Richard Younger-Ross

[2] Transport 2000 is an independent campaigning and research body that represents the key transport interests of around 40 environmental groups, transport organisations and transport unions. We bring together people who seek to reduce the environmental and social effects of transport through encouraging less use of cars, lorries and planes and more use of rail, buses, trams, cycling and walking.

[3] Sardine Man has been travelling around the country on Britain’s most overcrowded trains, talking to passengers and asking them to email their MP to put pressure on the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Douglas Alexander, to expand rail services and reduce overcrowding. People around the country have been supporting Sardine Man’s efforts, sending hundreds of letters to MPs.