Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Manchester-Scotland trains the most crowded

Two train services between Manchester and Scotland were today named as Britain’s most crowded rail journeys, with both running at almost double capacity.

The 191-capacity 04:22 from Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport had 355 passengers on board at Manchester Oxford Road when measured in autumn 2014.

And the 16:00 service from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh had 353 people on board at the same point, as well as having the same capacity.

Services from Reading and London Heathrow into London Paddington made up the remainder of the top five most crowded trains last autumn.

All the top 10 overcrowding pinch points were in London or Manchester.

Rail minister Claire Perry said: “We have seen record-breaking numbers use the railways in the past year, with 1.7bn journeys completed in 2014, more than double the number recorded a decade ago.

“To meet this unprecedented demand we are investing £38bn in the railways for the five years until 2019, underpinned by flagship schemes like the Intercity Express and Thameslink programmes to provide more space and more seats on trains.

“I know how frustrated customers are with overcrowding, and I expect the rail industry, including operators, to continue to develop innovative proposals to meet the capacity challenge head on.”

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.