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Hard-pressed commuters would doubtless like to know given they having to fork out for soaring fares. And taxpayers might like to know as well given the bill they are footing for the railways.

But the Department for Transport is keeping secret what are the busiest trains in Britain are.

Nothing to hide, I'm sure... but it is certainly curious. Apparently, it is to do with "commercially sensitive" information - decided by the department and train companies.

But I'm not entirely sure what harm it would to do train operating companies. Some might wonder if the busiest trains are the most expensive though...

Instead they are "happy" to release some information on the busiest trains from November 2009 - hardly up to date is it? And the department admits that was just a snapshot and do not provide a guide to current overcrowding.

Has Transport Sec Lord Adonis given an insight into when the General Election will be held. It comes after Ed Balls dropped a hint as well.

Lord Adonis ws speaking about a review of a planned order of a £7.5bn fleet of new trains. It was launched because talks would not be completed until "days before the election".

William Green

Labour dumps new trains

By William Green on Feb 26, 10 11:16 AM

Is the East Coast rail line cursed? Its passengers have suffered from more than their fair share of problems.

And now Labour promises of a new fleet of trains have been dumped. The project had been dragging on and on, and I recently wrote an article questioning the future of the project.

Ministers have been looking at alternative options, which cost less, and now Lord Adonis has announced that contracts have failed to be signed. Is this the first big project to be chucked overboard because of Britain's debt mountain?

We spent last weekend with Big Sister in London so that the boys could see their auntie and cousin and explore the outer reaches of London's transport system. I got my wish to see the fourth plinth, Number One son his to see Big Ben and Number Two to ride on a Routemaster. Fester was frustrated in his desire to visit any sort of fish or food market so it was a winner all round for me.

The train journeys were good too and, coming home, I overheard the following from a Geordie lad (possibly a soldier) sitting behind me and on his mobile 'phone:-
"Did you put your finger in to see if it would bite you?"
Long, listening pause ...
"Did it nack like?"

It must be awful for MPs caught up in the expenses row and Tyne Bridge MP David Clelland has used his website to explain to his electors. But he may yet face the risk of deselection.

I also noted this reference to his London flat at the bottom of his posting:

NB: I live in a one bedroom, former council flat in Lambeth right next to the Waterloo main line. Thankfully there are few trains between 1am and 4am.

See below for the story in today's Journal:

Local party chiefs will discuss the future of Tyneside MP David Clelland in the "near future" after he was caught up in the expenses scandal.

The Tyne Bridge MP has rejected any suggestion of wrong doing after buying his partner's share of their London flat after its value rose "substantially" with a taxpayer-backed mortgage.

But there is speculation some activists might want to deselect him from being Labour's candidate for the new Gateshead seat in the General Election.

Denise Robson, secretary of the Gateshead Labour party, said "some people" might be thinking about deselection - although that was "jumping the gun."

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