Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough this week welcomed the plans announced by First Great Western to expand the number of standard class seats on trains. Fiona has long campaigned for this, pointing out in the House of Commons that animals are better protected from overcrowding on transport, than passengers on the Great Western main line. Three of the country's 10 most overcrowded trains run through Slough and are operated by First Great Western.
Fiona said, "Like other passengers on the busy route I feel very frustrated when I am forced to stand squashed up against other people in a train where there are a number of empty first class carriages. I’m glad that the Department for Transport and First Great Western have listened to commuters who experience poor rail services every day.
“There is still a way to go to improve rail services overall, but this is a good step in the right direction.”