HS2 and rail crowding
[BBC, 9 Sep 2015]
The DfT warns that there are problems with the reliability of the [‘top ten’] figures, in particular that standard class passengers were counted on a single day that is not necessarily representative.
Also, the passengers are counted by somebody on the train, which means human error is possible, especially on particularly crowded trains.
Top 10 most crowded trains 2014
04:22 Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport
16:00 Manchester Airport to Edinburgh
06:31 Reading to London Paddington
07:57 London Heathrow to London Paddington
07:02 Reading to London Paddington
06:35 Caterham to Victoria
07:24 Brighton to Bedford
18:00 Manchester Airport to Edinburgh
07:32 Woking to London Waterloo
07:02 Woking to London Waterloo
As part of its HS2 evangelism, in July 2015 the government stated that “London Midland services regularly feature in the top 10 most crowded in the country”.
Yet no Euston services featured in the 2014 ‘top ten’. Why might that be? Perhaps because London Midland welcomed “a £62 million DfT-funded fleet of new electric trains into service from October 2014 […] providing extra carriages on some of the busiest morning and evening services to and from London Euston”.
Longtime readers of the Beleben blog will be aware that London Midland crowding has been mostly caused by shortages in rolling stock.