Unions demand change after report into London’s ‘cattle-truck’ trains

Almost 35% of passengers arriving at Blackfriars on weekday mornings stand, making it the country’s most overcrowded station, as do nearly a third of those arriving at other stations including Waterloo, Fenchurch Street and Moorgate.


The figures have led to criticism of “cattle truck-style conditions” from union leaders and passenger groups, including calls for rail franchises to be renationalised.


According to the Department for Transport (DfT), 581,400 rail passengers arrived at London terminals during the morning peak of a typical autumn weekday in 2015, an increase of 3.2% over the year before.


Every single major London station operated in excess of its capacity, with the worst being Blackfriars where nearly 15% more passengers arrived than services were designed to handle. Across the UK, major stations operated on average 5% over capacity.


More than a third of rail passengers are forced to stand on trains arriving in parts of London in the morning rush hour, according to official figures that show rail capacity in the capital has failed to keep pace with demand.



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