City rail station ‘most crowded’ outside London

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Sheffield has the most crowded railway station outside of London, according to new Government figures.

On a typical autumn weekday last year, the number of Sheffield train passengers was 2.6% higher than the number of seats available to them, said the Department for Transport.

The study of the 11 cities, including Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, found overall crowding was ‘virtually unchanged’ since 2012.

Transport minister Claire Perry said rail passenger journeys have more than doubled since 1995.

“This means that on too many journeys, passengers have to stand in cramped conditions. Train operators must act now.”

She said the Government was spending more than £38bn on rail improvements.

“A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, representing Network Rail and rail operators, said: “We recognise some services remain crowded and understand people’s frustration when they cannot get a seat. The industry is already planning to increase peak-time seats by a third in the next five years.”