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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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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.

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