Green candidate helps shape railways policy

Alan Francis, Green Party candidate for Buckingham
Alan Francis, Green Party candidate for Buckingham
  • More rolling stock needed to end overcrowding
  • Chiltern lines through Aylesbury Vale should be considered for electrification
  • Marylebone is the only London terminus not to be served by electric trains

A Green Party candidate has helped make party policy at the party conference.

Alan Francis, who is standing for the Buckingham constituency, attended the Green Party conference in Liverpool over the weekend.

Following the huge increase in rail passengers over recent years, we need more rolling stock to end the overcrowding experienced on some parts of the network

Alan Francis

Mr Francis proposed a motion to support the building of more rolling stock for the railways and to speed up electrification of the railways.

The conference approved the motion, which now becomes Green Party policy.

Mr Francis said: “Following the huge increase in rail passengers over recent years, we need more rolling stock to end the overcrowding experienced on some parts of the network.

“Electric trains are cleaner and greener than diesel trains and provide quicker journeys for passengers because of better acceleration.”

He said the Chiltern lines through Aylesbury Vale should be considered for electrification.

“Marylebone is the only London terminus not to be served by electric trains,” said Mr Francis.

“Electrification would provide better services on the lines through Aylesbury and Princes Risborough.”

Mr Francis chaired a closed session, for members only, to brief candidates on the contents of the general election manifesto.

The two authors of the manifesto explained the policies that the manifesto will include and answered questions from the audience.

The manifesto will be published at the end of March.

Mr Francis said: “This was the largest conference the Green Party has ever held, with 1,500 attendees.

“So many members wanted to attend that it had to be moved to a bigger venue, the ACC Arena and Convention Centre.

“This follows the ‘Green Surge’, with Green Party membership overtaking that of the Liberal Democrats and UKIP.”