Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, held an adjournment debate yesterday evening on rail ticketing and overcrowding.
During the debate Mr Sharma called for a greater amount of transparency in rail franchise agreements on overcrowding as well as flexible and more imaginative new approaches to ticketing, including use of smart ticketing to allow for more value-for-money fare offers for commuters. Mr Sharma also suggested that all new rail franchise agreements should offer expectant mothers and the disabled free upgrades to First Class on their season tickets, if there are no seats available in Standard Class.
The Minister of State for Transport Theresa Villiers described Mr Sharma’s contribution as ‘interesting and well-thought-through’.
After the debate Alok said:
“I am pleased that the Government is taking on some of the reform suggestions I made. Rail overcrowding and high fares are an issue for many of my constituents and I will continue to press for a better deal for them.”