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Overcrowding on trains must be tackled now

19 December 2012
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the release of Department of Transport statistics concerning overcrowding on trains.

Richard Hebditch, Campaigns Director for Campaign for Better Transport said

“The latest statistics show how much of a problem overcrowding continues to be. Year after year, fares go up faster than wages yet many passengers find themselves having to stand in cramped conditions. Passengers are tired of politicians promising lower fares and better services sometime in the future. We need action now to stop commuters paying excessive fares and to cut the level of overcrowding.”

He continued

"The way franchises work means there is prescious little incentive for train operators to make the investments needed to end overcrowding. Government must use its review of franchising to tackle this problem."


Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

Department for Transport today (19 December) published statistics identifying those rail services suffering most from overcrowding