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Misery for region's commuters

The first full week back at work after the summer break started with a Monday of misery for thousands of Thames Valley commuters.

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by Mike Pearse
The 08.08 from Reading to Paddington Credit: Mike Pearse

The first full week everyone is back at work after the summer break started with a Monday of misery for thousands of Thames Valley commuters.

Trains faced massive overcrowding in part due to flooding in the west of the country. This led to delays and some cancellations.

This was the scene on the 08.08 from Reading to Paddington. For passengers the overcrowding crisis is meant to be getting better as £29 million of extra carriages are in service.

48 extra means every train now has one more carriage providing an additional 4,500 rush hour seats.

The 08.08 from Reading to Paddington Credit: Mike Pearse

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Ebbsfleet station in Kent Credit: Derek Johnson

Ebbsfleet station in Kent busier than usual already this morning as commuters are joined by Olympic ticket-holders.

More marshalls are on hand and Olympic greeters too. But everything is calm and ordered. Staff say they expect the traffic to be busier on days when the track and field programme begins at the Olympic stadium.

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