Most crowded train in England and Wales revealed

Many passengers on UK trains pay for their journey but are unable to sit down. (GETTY)

train from London Euston to Crewe has been revealed as the most overcrowded in England and Wales by the Department of Transport.

When the 5:46pm West Midlands Train (WMT) leaves the capital on a typical weekday, there are more than twice as many passengers as the capacity, which gives it a load factor of 214%.

Campaigners have blasted the country’s overcrowded train services, which sees more than 230,000 passengers standing across all services in the morning and evening rush hours.

The 6.07pm Greater Anglia train from London Liverpool Street to King’s Lynn was the second most overcrowded train, with a load factor of 183% at Tottenham Hale.

Trains leaving London stations appear to be particularly crowded. (GETTY)

Other services in the top 10 most packed trains are the 7.02am South Western Railway train from Woking to London Waterloo with a load factor of 175%, 7.34am Greater Anglia train from Norwich to Cambridge with a load factor of 173% and 7.18am Govia Thameslink Railway train from Bedford to Brighton with a load factor of 168%.

Darren Shirley, chief executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Peak time rail is bursting at the seams.

“With 17% of commuters not getting a seat, too many people are paying thousands of pounds to stand in aisles, vestibules and even toilet cubicles.

The government says that train companies are working together to increase capacity for UK passengers. (PA)

“To reduce overcrowding and make sure passengers get value for their ticket we must continue to invest in better stations, track and rolling stock.”

The DfT claimed that the 10 most overcrowded trains represent a small fraction of all services and some of the data is just based on a single count.

The department also said that the WMT introduced timetable changes from May to increase the capacity on various services.

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The cities with the largest increase in passengers standing were Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool.

Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions at industry body the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Train companies are working together to increase capacity and make journeys more comfortable by introducing 6,400 extra services a week and running thousands of new carriages as well as hundreds of refurbished-like-new carriages by the early 2020s.

“In the longer term, major upgrades like HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail will add thousands more seats to the network, supporting job creation and better connecting cities across Britain.”

A DfT spokesman said: “With the number of journeys on our railways having doubled in the past 20 years, we are investing a record £48 billion to modernise the network and deliver more capacity and more frequent services for passengers.”