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  • First Great Western | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Standard Class seats already made available through conversion of First Class carriages into Standard Class seating on High Speed Trains The work on the turbo trains is due for completion by the end of the year Alok visited FGW s Reading Train Care Depot where the London Thames Valley fleet is maintained and saw first hand the start of the train company s work to convert First Class carriages on its 165 turbo trains into standard class seating Alok has campaigned for a number of years to relieve over crowding in Standard Class first leading a Parliamentary debate on overcrowding in March 2012 Since then he has continued to lobby FGW and the Department for Transport for extra Standard Class seats and also launched a petition last year signed by hundreds of local commuters supporting his campaign for more Standard Class seats As a result of campaigning from Alok and FGW s commitment to reduce the number of First Class carriages on its High Speed Trains there are already an extra 3 000 extra Standard Class seats in service today and all High Speed Trains running through Reading to Paddington have just 1 5 First Class carriages Following FGW reducing the number of First Class carriages on its High Speed Trains Alok asked for further action to be taken to declassify First Class seating on all turbo trains in a meeting he organised in January 2015 with FGW Managing Director Mark Hopwood and Rail Minister Claire Perry Alok Sharma said Having campaigned for a number of years for more Standard Class seats for Reading commuters especially through declassification of under utilised First Class seating I am absolutely delighted that FGW have taken on board my latest suggestion made at a meeting with FGW and the Transport Minister in January to

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  • Victory for MP’s campaign to increase standard class seating | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    on the train company to speed up the conversion of First Class carriages to Standard Class seating and to make sure the increased capacity trains became available within weeks rather than months At the Ministerial meeting Alok also called on FGW to further increase Standard Class capacity on local stopping trains by getting rid of First Class completely on these services Alok was therefore delighted to today attend an official ceremony at Paddington Station to mark the launch of the first composite carriage those carriages made up of a mixture of First Class and Standard seating Previously these carriages consisted only of First Class seating The conversion of these composite carriages is the final step in converting First Class carriages on the way to providing 3 000 extra standard class seats amounting to a 16 increase in capacity 2 500 of the 3 000 extra seats being delivered are now in service The first composite carriage which Alok and Mark Hopwood launched this morning will be available for use from this evening the second will be available over the weekend and the third by the middle of next week The conversion work on all 18 First Class carriages to turn them into composite carriages will be complete by late Spring 2015 and will mean that all High Speed Trains running through Reading to Paddington will have just 1 5 First Class carriages Alok also welcomed the news that work to install WiFi on FGW s High Speed Trains is almost complete and will be available free of charge to passengers in both First and Standard Class soon Alok Sharma said Following my petition and meeting with the Rail Minister and FGW in January I am delighted that FGW has started delivering these composite carriages within weeks rather than months of

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  • Sharma holds constructive meeting with First Great Western and Rail Minister on overcrowding | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Department for Transport FGW has previously committed to converting First Class carriages in its fleet to increase the number of Standard Class seats to help reduce overcrowding Before work began some of the trains had 2 5 First Class carriages and others had 2 First Class carriages After all the work is complete all High Speed Trains serving Reading will have 1 5 First Class carriages adding 80 and 38 Standard Class seats to each train respectively delivering a total of an extra 3 000 Standard Class seats every day The conversion of all trains with 2 5 First Class carriages to 1 5 First Class carriages has already been completed During the meeting Alok called on First Great Western FGW to Make sure that the additional seats from the conversion of the first of the trains with 2 First Class carriages to 1 5 First Class carriages are delivered as quickly as possible which First Great Western has agreed to do This will deliver a further 38 Standard Class seats on each of these trains Work with the Department for Transport to remove First Class carriages entirely on local stopping routes and convert them all to Standard Class Given the length of journeys between Reading and London on local stopping services Alok noted that it is not acceptable to have passengers standing when there are seats free in First Class During the meeting Mark Hopwood confirmed that the train operating company has already increased standard seats on local Reading services by 21 and is two thirds of the way through converting a First Class carriage into Standard Class on every High Speed Train serving Reading meaning 2 000 of the extra 3 000 seats promised are already online Significant additional capacity is planned for the months and years ahead to help alleviate overcrowding in Reading through the extension of Crossrail the ongoing conversion of First Class carriages to Standard Class and a new fleet of intercity trains due to be introduced during 2018 which will increase capacity by an additional 20 per cent Alok Sharma said I would like to thank Claire Perry and Mark Hopwood for a constructive meeting It was good to hear about the progress being made on converting First Class carriages into Standard Class but I have asked First Great Western and the Department for Transport to go further and see what more can be done to speed up the conversion to Standard Class seats and on local stopping services to consider removing First Class carriages entirely Alok continued I will be following up on both these points related to increasing Standard Class seats with the Minister and First Great Western and will continue to press for further declassification of First Class when there is a clear need Rail Minister Claire Perry said It is good news that thanks to Government and FGW investments passengers from Reading are already seeing more seats on these busy services and with the electrification of the line and the

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  • MP launches petition for overcrowded trains to be declassified | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links MP launches petition for overcrowded trains to be declassified 6th November 2014 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has today launched a petition which calls on First Great Western to declassify First Class carriages on its trains during the busiest periods Alok is also calling on the Train Operating Company to publish data on the number of times it declassifies trains on a daily basis The wording of the petition which can be signed online reads We the undersigned call on First Great Western to declassify First Class carriages on overcrowded trains between Reading and London Paddington and to publish data on how many trains are declassified each day Alok has previously held a Parliamentary debate on rail ticketing and overcrowding and has lobbied ministers on this issue on behalf of constituents and campaigned for a reduction in the number of First Class carriages He was therefore delighted when the Department for Transport announced in March 2014 that it was providing funding to increase the number of standard class seats on all First Great Western trains by summer 2015 Alok Sharma said There is nothing more frustrating for my commuting constituents than standing in standard class packed in like sardines when there are dozens of empty seats in First Class carriages I welcome the plans to increase the number of Standard Class seats next year but FGW needs to take action sooner and they can do that by declassifying overcrowded trains now Alok continued I know that commuters also find it

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  • New investment with renewed First Great Western franchise welcomed | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links New investment with renewed First Great Western franchise welcomed 3rd October 2013 Commenting on the announcement that First Great Western has signed an agreement with the Department for Transport to continue operating the Great Western Mainline franchise until 20th September 2015 Reading West MP Alok Sharma said I welcome the certainty this announcement brings together with the boost for local services and more investment Alok continued I am particularly pleased that FGW is planning for additional standard class capacity on its high speed trains which is something I have called for in Parliament and also taken up directly with FGW It is also good news that FGW is working with the DfT to provide further improvements including a fleet of electric trains for the Thames Valley Alok concluded This franchise

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  • Sharma welcomes Government commitment to smart ticketing | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    express trains additional capacity and passenger satisfaction targets as part of proposals being put forward today by Rail Minister Theresa Villiers In March Alok spoke in Parliament about his vision for the new franchise agreement which included a call to bring smart ticketing to Reading as early as possible During the adjournment debate Alok called for a greater amount of transparency in rail franchise agreements on overcrowding as well as flexible and more imaginative new approaches to ticketing Alok 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 Following the launch of the ITT Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said Passengers using the Great Western Line will benefit from major infrastructure improvements and new rolling stock over the next few years as a result of the Government s ambitious programme of rail improvements including extensive electrification Villiers continued For the first time on the Great Western franchise we will be introducing requirements on passenger satisfaction for the train operator to meet which will mean they have to focus strongly on the issues that matter the most to passengers Extending smart card ticketing across the franchise will provide many more passengers across the West and South West with the kind of convenience Oyster has brought to Londoners Alok Sharma said I am delighted that the Government has committed to bringing smart ticketing to Reading which will be welcomed by all commuters Smart ticketing brings with it the possibility for a wide range of imaginative ticketing options which could for example benefit people who work part time in London and currently can only choose between daily and weekly tickets which does not represent value for money Alok continued I

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  • Rail Minister welcomes Sharma’s ‘well-thought-through’ contribution on rail sector reform | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Dee Road Securing future for Circuit Lane Surgery Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Sewage problems in Theale Supporting Heathrow Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Rail Minister welcomes Sharma s well thought through contribution on rail sector reform 7th March 2012 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 Click here for full speech Printer friendly version Sign up for my e newsletter

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  • No to Pincents Hill Development | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    for the 21st Century Sewage problems in Theale Supporting Heathrow Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links No to Pincents Hill Development Local Conservatives respond to Blue Living s ridiculous Statement on Pincents Hill survey results Alok Sharma the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West and local Councillors Joe Mooney Emma Webster and Tony Linden recently organised a survey of local residents across Tilehur Read more Pincents Hill public meeting held regarding development plans Councillors Joe Mooney Emma Webster and Tony Linden together with Alok Sharma held a public meeting on 3 November regarding developer Blue Living s proposals to submit an outline planning applic Read more Sharma responds to Blue Living s Pincents Hill Design enquiry report Following the

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