London Paddington to Reading trains are the worst for overcrowding

I have grown up in Reading and whilst the close proximity to London and journey time of 30 mins is great I am well aware of the peak time chaos on the journeys to and from London. I remember how often I have been standing in the vestibule en route to Paddington but luckily I have so far not had to make this journey daily.
This peak time chaos has been the topic of an article in the Guardian and Daily Mirror which stated that London Paddington is the worst station for overcrowded trains in the London and South East.
Of the ten most crowded trains 3 involved the Reading to Paddington route and to make matters worse the trains are also holding double their load capacity.

Figures yesterday revealed the worst service for overcrowding is the 6.37am Reading to London Paddington where 610 standard class passengers squeeze into three carriages meant to hold 304.

And on the evening return trip at 6.45pm, 588 commuters cram into the train.

I do not yet see improvements to these services despite the risk to passengers’ safety and rising ticket prices.

How about:

  • more trains at peak times and longer platforms
  • the Reading to Waterloo line becoming “high speed”
  • there is no penalty for the train companies for overcrowding, how about free tickets if the train is full and you are standing?
  • In First Great Western’s case we have older trains too when is their rolling stock going to be changed- in the summer it is also very uncomfortable with no or poorly performing AC.

UPDATE: We also have the recent annoucement that train fares are going to rise by 8% too 😦

    Ten most crowded trains in London and the south-east

    06.37 Reading-Paddington

    18.45 Paddington-Reading

    18.15 Paddington-Oxford

    06.30 Bristol Temple Meads- Paddington

    07.40 Reading-Paddington

    06.07 Oxford-Paddington

    16.57 Paddington-Reading

    07.09 Oxford-Paddington

    07.28 Bourne End-Paddington

    17.18 Paddington-Oxford

    Posted on August 15, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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