28 Jul '16, 4pm

"We [in London UK region] need a plan to tackle [rail] overcrowding"

Commiserations to passengers who regularly catch Govia Thameslink's 7am Brighton to London service. Last year, this train was officially the most overcrowded service in the country. By the time it reached Blackfriars the train, which has space for 420 people was actually carrying 933 people - well over 200 per cent its official capacity. In the last 20 years, the railways have seen year on year growth in passenger numbers as more and more people come to rely on the train. Our railways famously carry as many people now as in Victorian times, and on a network a third smaller. But the stark reality is that the network is beginning to creak at the seams. Over 1 million people arrive in central London by rail each weekday, the majority of them during the morning or evening rush. One in five of those who arrive at these times will have to stand and nearly 60 per cent of train se...

Full article: http://bettertransport.org.uk/blog/rail/we-need-plan-tack...

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