Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington, urged to Secretary of State for Transport Justine Greening to look into the lack of fast trains to and from Orpington Station at peak hours. Jo's intervention came during a statement to the House of Commons on rail investment by the minister.
Jo asked: "I welcome the announcement of a £700 million investment in the reduction of overcrowding and congestion in London and the South East. Will my Right Honourable Friend take care to look at the causes of overcrowding on Southeastern's routes to Orpington, which, extraordinarily for a station of its size, lacks any fast trains at all during peak hours?"
The minister responded that Jo was "right to raise the issues of capacity and overcrowding in London, especially on his line, which I know local MPs in the area have had a real concern about. We're looking to work closely with operators at TfL to see what we can do together to improve those services over time. As I said earlier, 120,000 more people catered for in these plans ... I think they'll be very good news for commuters in London."
Following the debate, Jo said: "I was encouraged by the minister's response. It is absurd that Orpington commuters are unable to access fast trains when they most need them and this is a relatively cost-effective solution to the growing problem of rail congestion".