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.

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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.