Overcrowding on trains to get worse

6 July 2012

overcrowded trainTrains can be horrible can't they? Especially in the rush-hour commute. And in That London, rush-hour trains carried 3.2 per cent more people than they were designed to carry at maximum levels.

"Faster trains and better services are attracting record numbers of people,’ said a spokesman for the Association of Train Operating Companies. "But the flip side is overcrowding and we understand passengers’ frustration when they can’t get a seat."

So basically, if you get a 'better' train, suck it up. You should have caught a 'worse' train to somewhere bleak and desolate. Or, y'know, drive a car instead.

As well as London, commuters in Birmingham and Manchester has seen passengers crushed up in increasingly cramped carriages.

As small consolation, figures from Network Rail claim that 92.9 per cent of trains ran on time nationally between May 27 and June 23 meaning that, while you may be treated worse than crate veal, at least it is happening when it is supposed to.

So if times and standards continue to improve, then the trains are only going to get busier. Terrific.

TOPICS:   Travel

5 comments

  • Idi A.
    Problem: the rail operators' definition of "on time" is not the same as everybody elses.
  • catweazle
    “Faster trains and better services are attracting record numbers of people,’ said a spokesman for the Association of Train Operating Companies. More likely rising car insurance and other running costs, combined with expensive parking and congestion charges have pushed people into their cattle trucks.
  • Raggedy
    I haven't sat down on a train during the week for months. I gave up trying and stand all the way for my 25 minute journey. One week, the train (on the way home) was more than 10 minutes late every single day, worst being over 45 minutes. If they cancel trains, does that improve punctuality as a cancelled train can't arrive on time or be late?
  • Joe B.
    "I haven’t sat down on a train during the week for months." I haven't had to stand on the trains I use for years. I get a seat both to and from work for my 40 minute journey, AND the train arrives and leaves perfectly on time virtually every day. Still bloody expensive though.
  • Sicknote
    Train over crowding is fine with me and I generally find I only get complaints when I try to get 2 fingers in.

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