100k standing during rush-hour

More than 100,000 London-bound rail commuters - a fifth of the overall total - have to stand at the busiest times of the morning rush-hour, according to Government figures.

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Most crowded London-bound train routes in 2012

These were the most-crowded routes in autumn 2012. The capacity figure refers to the standard class passenger capacity for that train and the load figure refers to how many people actually travelled:

  • 8:27am Heathrow-London Paddington - 476 - 786 65%
  • 6.13pm London Euston-Birmingham New Street - 698 -1,049 65%
  • 6;00pm London Waterloo-Portsmouth Harbour - 738 - 1,186 61%
  • 7:17am Banbury-London Marylebone - 476 - 752 58%
  • 6:19am Birmingham Moor St-London Marylebone - 288 - 445 55%
  • 7:32am Tattenham Corner-London Bridge - 860 - 1,324 54%
  • 6:15am Portsmouth Harbour-London Waterloo -598 - 897 50%
  • 7:09am Henley-on-Thames-London Paddington - 440 - 657 49%
  • 7:10am Haslemere-London Waterloo - 738 - 1,100 49%

Companies make 'huge profits' on overcrowded trains

Railways need to be run as a "public service", the RMT rail union leader said today after new figures revealed more than 100,000 London-bound rail commuters had to stand during morning rush hour.

Bob Crow said:

While passengers are forced to pay through the nose to stand, crammed in on sweltering, over-crowded trains, the private companies running these services are making huge profits in the safe knowledge that the whole racket of rail privatisation is a one-way ticket to the bank.

Until our railways are run as a public service, under public ownership and control, this scandal of the British paying the highest fares in Europe to travel on some of the worst services will continue unchecked.

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New transport figures show trains 65% over-capacity

Passengers on some morning and evening peak services are travelling on London-bound trains which are 60% over capacity on certain routes, new figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) showed today.

On a typical weekday in autumn 2012:

  • A total of 535,000 passengers arrived in central London by rail during the morning peak (7am to 9.59am).
  • 977,000 rail passengers arrived across the whole day.
  • The worst service for overcrowding in autumn 2012 was the 8.27am Heathrow Express service from Heathrow to Paddington station - 65% over the capacity figure of 476.
  • The 10 worst-crowded services in autumn 2010 travelled between 49% and 65% over capacity.

Minister 'sympathises' with standing commuters

Travelling on a very crowded train is an "unpleasant experience", Transport Minister Norman Baker said today, after new figures revealed more than 100,000 London-bound rail commuters have to stand during morning rush hour. Mr Baker said:

Climbing on to a very crowded train is an unpleasant experience and I sympathise with passengers using these services.

I urge train operators to do what they can on these particular trains. The Department is working closely with the industry to ensure this issue is tackled.

Over 100,000 commuters stand during rush hour

More than 100,000 London-bound rail commuters - a fifth of the overall total - have to stand at the busiest times of the morning rush-hour, according to Government figures.

Passengers on some morning and evening peak services are travelling on trains which are 60% over capacity on certain routes, the Department for Transport (DfT) figures showed.

Commuters waiting on the a platform. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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