20 June 2007
57 MPs  today joined Transport 2000’s  Sardine Man  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
 The MPs:
Sir George Young
 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.
 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.