Oxford to Marylebone train ‘most overcrowded’ in England and Wales

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A train from Oxford to London Marylebone was the most overcrowded in England and Wales last autumn, new figures show.

There were nearly twice as many standard class passengers as the registered capacity when the two-carriage 8.02am Chiltern Railways service arrived in the capital on a weekday, giving it a load factor of 196%.

The Department for Transport (DfT), which published the data, said constraints on the number of available carriages limited the operator’s ability to cope with rising demand.

RAIL Overcrowded
(PA Graphics)

Other services in the top 10 most packed trains include:

– 3.08pm Great Western Railway train from Weymouth to Gloucester (load factor 178%)

– 5.50am West Midlands Trains service from Wolverhampton to London Euston (load factor 171%)

– 7.16am Great Northern train from King’s Lynn to London King’s Cross (load factor 165%)

The DfT stated that the 10 most overcrowded trains represent “a small fraction of all services” and some of the figures are based on a single count.

Some 16.4% of passengers were standing on trains serving major cities in the morning and evening peaks.

This was a fall of 0.4 percentage points compared with the previous year, driven by a decline of 0.6 percentage points in London.

The cities with the largest increase in passengers standing were Liverpool (up 2.5 percentage points), Bristol (up 2.4 percentage points) and Leeds (up 0.7 percentage points).

The collapse in demand for rail travel due to the coronavirus pandemic is not reflected in the figures.

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