Sheffield ‘has most-overcrowded railway station outside London’

Over-crowding problems are affecting many train routes across the country
Over-crowding problems are affecting many train routes across the country
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Sheffield has the most over-crowded railway station outside of London, new Government figures have revealed.

A new Department for Transport report looking at the issue in the capital and 10 other cities found Sheffield to have the worst problems outside London.

The report said that on a typical autumn weekday last year, the number of people using train services from the station was 2.6 per cent higher than the number of seats available to them.

It said that on an average morning, around 7,200 arrive in Sheffield by train.

The study of the 11 cities, including Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, found overall crowding was ‘virtually unchanged’ since 2012.

The report also revealed which train services were subject to particularly bad overcrowding, with the 16.46 London Euston to Crewe route carrying more than double the number of passengers it had seats for.

Transport minister Claire Perry said: “Since 1995 passenger journeys on the railway have more than doubled, with 1.6 billion journeys being recorded in the last year. This means that on too many journeys, passengers have to stand in cramped conditions. Train operators must act now, they must find new ways to create space on the network and in their trains.

“We are investing more than £38 billion in our railway delivering more trains, more seats and more services and we are pushing ahead with plans for a national high speed rail network that will help solve the problem in the long term.

“I understand the frustration of rail passengers forced to stand on busy services and that is why I am calling on the operators to do more.”

A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, representing Network Rail and rail operators, said: “We recognise that some services remain crowded and understand people’s frustration when they cannot get a seat.

“The industry is already planning to increase peak-time seats into and out of many major cities by a third in the next five years.”