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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Trains are overcrowded - shock horror

Perhaps this is why SilverLink fares have been doubled

Also in yesterday's Evening Standard they carried the "shocking" feature that National Rail trains in London are heavily overcrowded and have "cattle-truck" conditions. As someone who daily uses South West Trains (SWT) for half of their journey into town, this comes as no surprise. The Standard said "trains are 4.3% over capacity in the mornings and 1.5% over capacity in the evenings".

Cattle-truck conditions on London's railways - Evening Standard 21st November

Looking closely into their league table of over-crowders we see that SilverLink or North London Line is one of the worst offenders with almost 6% of its rush hour passenger numbers being overcrowded. So perhaps they feel that in doubling their fares it will somehow mean that fewer people will travel on them and their overcrowding figures will be lowered?

London Rail Travel Excess Passengers - Evening Standard

London TravelWatch (the new name for London Transport Users Committee) said "The Government and train companies need to consult passenger groups as to how to solve the overcrowding" and not surprisingly a new survey showed that "High fares and overcrowding are the biggest complaints for train travellers. The survey was conducted for the MTR corporation which is bidding to run a number of British Rail franchises. 66% of travellers said overcrowding was their number one irritant"

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