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.
- 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 😦 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14543709
Ten most crowded trains in London and the south-east
06.30 Bristol Temple Meads- Paddington
07.28 Bourne End-Paddington