Stat of the day: 18.5%

The percentage of people forced to stand on train services into Paddington.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
If you were forced to stand with your nose in someone else’s armpit on your way into work this morning, you weren’t alone. Figures released by the Office of Rail Regulation suggest that overcrowding on trains during rush-hour is getting worse: apparently, the commute into London Paddington is the busiest, with 18.5% of people forced to stand. Outside the capital, Leeds has the highest percentage of people facing a miserable (and let’s face it, probably rather sweaty) commute.

First Great Western was the train company guiltiest of overcrowding – with an average of 16.6% people standing on their services during morning and evening rush hour. With some rail journeys rising by as much as 13% this year, passengers are bound to question whether they’re getting much out of their train journeys, other than their fellow passengers’ germs.

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