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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%
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:
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.
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:
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.