MP on the right track as he listens to commuters

DURING a House of Commons debate on the West Anglia Railway line, Harlow MP Robert Halfon MP quizzed Government ministers on their plans for improving rail services in Harlow using results he had obtained from a survey of 300 commuters in Harlow.

During the debate he brought up commuters’ concerns over areas such as the lack of facilities at Harlow Mill Station and called for it to be refurbished.

Responding to commuters’ concerns regarding overcrowding, he called for longer trains to be introduced in order to decrease overcrowding, and extending the Oyster Card system to Harlow.

During the debate, Mr Halfon said: “Does he not agree that it is important to invest not just in the rolling stock but in some of the smaller stations? He will know that Harlow Mill Station is in bad need of refurbishment. We need to consider that because commuters have a right to a proper station when they need to go to work.”

The Minister responsible for railways, Stephen Hammond MP, has agreed to meet with Mr Halfon to discuss his proposals.

Mr Halfon’s interventions followed the results of a rail survey that he handed out to more than 300 commuters at Harlow Town Station, where he also spoke to many of the commuters and listened to their concerns.

The survey responses revealed that:

53% of commuters report that trains are late at least once a week
73% of commuters report that they have to stand at least once a week
60% of commuters would like to see longer trains
73% of commuters would like to see more frequent trains.

Mr Halfon said “I am delighted that Stephen Hammond has agreed to meet
with me to discuss proposals for upgrading Harlow’s railways.

“Last week the Government capped price increases on train tickets so that they are in line with inflation.

“This is a positive step forward and will help
hard-pressed families, but it is vital that we ensure that Harlow
residents who use the trains get good value for money, and the best
possible service.”

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