Overcrowding on rush-hour trains in London and south east England is getting worse, official figures showed today.
Normal passenger capacity on peak-time trains to and from London was exceeded by 3.2% in 2011, compared with 3.0% in 2010, the Department for Transport statistics showed.
The 2011 figure for the weekday London-arriving morning peak (7am to 10am) commuter services was 4% in excess of capacity last year - the same as in 2010.
But excess capacity for the London-departing evening peak (4pm to 7pm) rose from 1.9% in 2010 to 2.3% last year - pushing the both-peak average up to 3.2%.
The figures were based on a typical autumn weekday in 2011 on London and south east England train operators' services.
On this basis, the statistics also showed:
532,000 arrived into central London by rail during the morning peak and 443,000 left in the evening peak
Outside London, Birmingham had the highest number of passengers travelling during the peaks, with 36,000 morning arrivals and 40,000 evening departures
First Great Western had the highest level of passengers in excess of capacity of any London and south east operator with 10.5% across both peaks, although this was a fall from 16.6% in 2010
Birmingham had the highest crowding outside London in the morning peak in 2011, with 3.1% of passengers in excess of capacity
Manchester had the highest crowding in the evening peak with 2.5% of passengers in excess of capacity.
Meanwhile, figures today from Network Rail (NR) showed that, nationally, 92.9% of trains ran on time in the period from May 27 to June 23 this year.
This compared with a figure of 93% for the same period last year.
Only three companies - Virgin Trains, CrossCountry and First Capital Connect - failed to reach a punctuality figure of at least 90% last month.
NR said the 88.8% figure for Virgin, which operates the West Coast line, was affected by six days during which its trains-on-time figure fell below 80%.
Incidents on these days included flooding, a signal failure and overhead wire problems.
Best-performing company for the period May 27 to June 23 this year was Merseyrail which ran 98.3% of trains on time.