First Capital Connect (Hertford Loop)
[Dr William McCrea in the Chair]
Nick de Bois (Enfield North) (Con):
It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for what I believe is the first time, Dr McCrea. I am delighted to see so many colleagues here. I think that we have all linked up on the First Capital Connect line, which shows how integrated we are, and how integrated we would like our transport to be.
Many of us in this place often focus, understandably, on the important political policy shifts that often divide us, despite the fact that sometimes we have common goals and desired outcomes. Those political policy shifts understandably dominate the political agenda, and of course have a significant impact on our constituents, but although they may capture our imaginations and dominate most of our time, this debate is, I suggest, on one of the most pressing issues facing hard-working constituents who commute to work.
It is perhaps worth bearing in mind that a typical commuter from Gordon Hill in my constituency to Moorgate will spend approximately 230 hours a year on a First Capital Connect train, if all runs well.
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con):
If the trains are not running well, as is often the case, they will spend another 230 hours waiting for the train to arrive.
My hon. Friend anticipates me neatly ... [And so on. Click for more.]