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13.07.07

57 MPs tell government to grow the rail network

57 MPs have joined Transport 2000’s Sardine Man and actress Jenny Agutter in Westminster to show their support for a growing railway.

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.

The MPs met Sardine Man, mascot of Transport 2000`s Growing the Railways campaign, and Railway Children actress Jenny Agutter. Ms 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."

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.

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