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Extract from London Midland crowdedness information

The train operator London Midland (LM) has started publishing crowdedness information for some of its services. The Euston ‘weekdays from 5 Sep 2011’ table (extract above) shows some 12-car trains running in the peak to destinations including Birmingham New Street, but even some of these are indicated as ‘standing room only’. In the table, two red dots together appears to mean “trains where you may have to stand for more than 20 minutes”.

Overcrowding on West Coast Main Line outer suburban services to Northampton has been used to justify the British government policy of building high speed rail to Birmingham. The argument is that transferring conventional Long Distance High Speed services to the HS2 track frees up space for better commuter services. But London commuter overcrowding affects many commuter towns, such Brighton and Reading, so why single out Northampton and Milton Keynes for special attention? Would future overcrowding be better addressed by other means? In fact, there are lots of questions one might ask about the current services, including the pricing, and the train lengths. Why is the 1554 service from Euston to Birmingham service only composed of 4 carriages? (It’s listed as ‘standing room only’.)

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  1. […] month, I looked at current overcrowding on London Midland (LM) departures from Euston. It should be fairly obvious that its general cause is the use of short trains, and not […]

    Full of bunk « beleben

    October 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

  2. […] is in no way a substitute for efficient operations management on the existing railway. In Standing Room Workshop, I suggested that crowding on Milton Keynes/Northampton commuter services from Euston was largely a […]

    Seats, not track « beleben

    February 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm


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