Train operators will have to warn you about overcrowded trains

27 August 2013

Bitterwallet - train fares increase The Government have, when they're not directly contributing to such a problem, decided that train operators now have to warn passengers that their service is overcrowded.

The Transport Minister, Norman Baker, is asking for a 'traffic-light' system in a bid to help travellers avoid crowded carriages. You'll note he isn't demanding more carriages.

Some train companies already provide such information. For example, London Midland have a traffic light system depending on how crowded trains are and they have a section on their website which tells you how likely it is you'll have to stand-up.

Baker said that this practice is: "An important tool for allowing passengers to make informed choices about which trains to travel on, and convincing those passengers who can change their travel patterns to do so."

A spokesman for the Association of Train Operating Companies said: "As train companies, we want our passengers to enjoy a comfortable journey, which is why many operators already provide information about which services are busiest. Compared to the mid-90s, there are now 4,000 more services a day but we will continue working with the DfT to get longer and more frequent trains on to the railway."

TOPICS:   Travel

4 comments

  • Dick
    Some companies will just need a red light and a 100% sign.
  • shiftynifty
    Yawn...another non story will be arriving at platform bullshit shortly ....the railway companies are never going to sort out their shit....They just grab a franchise...make a shit load of money...if they do not..government will bail it out...win..win
  • Michael
    “An important tool for allowing passengers to make informed choices about which trains to travel on, and convincing those passengers who can change their travel patterns to do so.” Why do the govt still have this idea that people are driving around or sitting on trains just to be annoying to everyone else. I drive to work at the time I do because my employer expects me to be at work by a certain time. Likewise, I catch the train to the football that I do because the Football League says when my team has to play. Instead of telling me to change factors I can't influence, simply increase the expectations on train companies to perform to an acceptable standard.
  • Chewbacca
    What is it with the tosser in the second post and his inability to create...fucking...paragraphs...? It's...sheer...laziness...and...smacks of utter stupidity. The...fucking...moron... ...

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