Sheffield trains among most overcrowded in the country

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RAIL services in Sheffield are continuing to suffer overcrowding – with the city named the fourth-worst in England and Wales for the morning peak.

Morning rush-hour trains are over capacity by an average of 2.1 per cent on weekdays – higher than anywhere except Leeds at 2.2 per cent, Birmingham at 3.1 per cent, and London at four per cent.

The statistics have been issued by the Department for Transport and cover last year.

In afternoon peak times, Sheffield is joint fourth with Birmingham, with services 1.1 per cent above capacity. Leeds is 1.5 per cent, London 2.3 per cent and Manchester is the worst place with 2.6 per cent.

The statistics class the morning peak as between 7am and 10am, and between 4pm and 7pm in the afternoon.

Rail union the Transport Salaried Staffs Association said: “We have a ridiculous situation for passengers in the 21st century.

“They have to travel in cattle truck conditions with no limits on overcrowding while cattle travel under regulations which restrict overcrowding.”

The DfT said it has provided more carriages for Northern, which provides most local rail services, and East Midlands Trains on its route between Sheffield and Manchester, which was overcrowded.

The Department for Transport report containing the figures said: “The statistics are based on passenger counts carried out by franchised train operators of the numbers of passengers using their services last autumn. They represent passenger numbers on a ‘typical weekday’.”