As a commuter myself, I understand the frustration for passengers on South West Trains. In response to these concerns, I am campaigning to ease overcrowding and improve value for money.
I regularly meet with Network Rail, the Train Operators and raise the issue with Ministers, to convey local frustrations – especially at the high levels of overcrowding at peak times. The government has already frozen regulated fares. On overcrowding, we are starting to see improvement with extra carriages at peak times. In August 2017, the extension at Waterloo into the old Eurostar terminal will allow an extension of platforms 1 to 4, which will enable further increases in the number of carriages on our local rail services.
In addition, the franchise for running our local train services has changed to First MTR, which has pledged to add more seats and extra carriages, while improving greater comfort on the trains and more convenience at local stations. Over the longer term, I back the Crossrail 2 project, which would take a lot of pressure off our existing rail services, give local passengers broader direct access to different parts of London, and speed up journey times.