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I have today received correspondence from Transport for London (TfL) following representations made about overcrowding at Ilford station.

I am pleased that action is going to be taken to improve the situation which is at present very overcrowded and dangerous. I know from personal experience how difficult it is to board trains, especially during the rush hours.

The letter from TfL (dated 21st March 2017) states: “From May we will be introducing new and more reliable seven-carriage, air-conditioned trains on TfL Rail Services. These trains will have greater passenger capacity, allowing more customers to board the train. By September, half of the train fleet will have been replaced with these new trains. Furthermore, in 2019 we will run new, nine-carriage trains, which combined with service frequency improvements, will provide even greater capacity. These changes should help reduce overcrowding at Ilford.”

The letter further states: “To improve access to the station in the longer term, London Borough of Redbridge officers have approved proposals by Network Rail for the redevelopment of Ilford station. These proposals include a spacious building with a larger, wide entrance ticket hall and more ticket gates, as well as new lifts providing step-free access from street level to all platforms. Further improvements will also be delivered to prepare the station for the start of Elizabeth line services including longer platforms, improved lighting, signage, customer information points, CCTV and overhead information screens.

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Mike Gapes MP pleased with TfL plans for tackling overcrowding at Ilford Station

I have today received correspondence from Transport for London (TfL) following representations made about overcrowding at Ilford station. I am pleased that action is going to be taken to improve the...

I have campaigned to defend local NHS services at King George Hospital since 2006. In October 2011 Andrew Lansley, the then Conservative Health Secretary announced closure of both A&E and maternity in "around two years". 

The maternity wards were closed in 2013.  But closure of A&E has not happened because it would not be safe to do so. The  North East London Sustainability and Transformation (STP) plan reveals a deficit of £578m by 2021. Even with  ambitious ‘business as usual’ savings there is a funding gap of £336m.

As I told Heath Secretary Jeremy Hunt in January "There is no capital provision for the closure of the King George hospital A&E and its re-provisioning at Queen’s hospital... There is going to be a massive crisis in my area unless urgent steps are taken to provide more resources."  

I recently met with Health Ministers David Mowat and Philip Dunne, and separately with all the local NHS organisations involved with the STP.  The management and staff at Barking Havering and Redbridge Trust have done really well to get out of special measures. It is now time for the Government to help them make further improvements by lifting  the absurd damaging and unrealisable threat of closure.

Following the impressive march and rally last weekend, and my recent meetings I am more confident than ever that we can save our Accident and Emergency at King George.  

Mike's Ilford Recorder Column (23/03/2017)

I have campaigned to defend local NHS services at King George Hospital since 2006. In October 2011 Andrew Lansley, the then Conservative Health Secretary announced closure of both A&E and...

Earlier today (Wednesday 15th March 2017) Mike questioned the Government on the future of institutions established under the Good Friday agreement.

Mike Gapes (Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South): What discussions he has had with Ministers in the Republic of Ireland on the future of institutions established under the Good Friday agreement.

James Brokenshire (The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland): The Government stand firmly behind the institutions of the Belfast agreement and its successors. I have regular discussions with the Irish Government on a range of issues. Our immediate focus, consistent with the Belfast agreement, is working with the parties to resume the devolved Administration.

Mike Gapes (abour/Co-operative, Ilford South): The Secretary of State will know that, at the time of the Good Friday agreement nearly 19 years ago, the European Union played a role alongside the Irish and British Governments. Does he envisage any role for international support to maintain the institutional frameworks, particularly the all-Ireland institutional co-operation that has been so important over recent years?


James Brokenshire (The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland): The hon. Gentleman is right to highlight the strong relationship between the UK Government, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government of the Republic of Ireland. We stand four-square behind our commitments under the Belfast agreement and its successors, and at EU level I have picked up strong support for the Good Friday/Belfast agreement. We are determined to get the best possible deal for Northern Ireland, recognising our commitments and recognising the Belfast agreement.

 

Mike questions the Government on the future of institutions established under the Good Friday agreement

Earlier today (Wednesday 15th March 2017) Mike questioned the Government on the future of institutions established under the Good Friday agreement.


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