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.”