PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt raised the issue of cramped seats on local train lines with new Secretary of State of Transport Justine Greening.
Ms Mordaunt said Ms Greening was ‘concerned’ with the number of young people being injured as a ‘result of poor quality seating’ and will be looking into the issue.
She compiled a list of suggestions to resolve issues on trains, including creating Rail Franchise Agreements (RFA) to protect the rail-user from the ‘excesses of licensed monopolies’.
Ms Mordaunt suggested Ms Greening should create minimum comfort standards for future RFAs, better define what constitutes unacceptable numbers of standing passengers, and place greater scrutiny on train operating companies’ costs.
It was suggested that ministers should speak ‘frequently and publicly’ about companies’ obligations to their passengers, and companies should allow passenger groups access to executives and information in the run up to RFA tenders.
Ms Mordaunt said: ‘I’m pleased that the new secretary of state is genuinely concerned about passenger comfort standards and measures to protect the quality of services and value for money for the commuter.
‘I look forward to hearing her response to the evidence we have given her and I will be continuing to press SWT to, at the very least, run 444 white carriages on off-peak services.’