Network Rail report identifies most overcrowded stations

Network Rail has produced a list of 11 stations which it says need action to ease overcrowding.

The listed stations include London Victoria, Fenchurch Street, Charing Cross, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon and Surbiton stations.

Outside of London, the list includes Liverpool Lime Street, Basingstoke in Hampshire, Bristol Parkway, Preston and Watford Junction in Hertfordshire.

Network Rail said measures to reduce congestion should be identified by 2019.

A number of measures have been identified to ease congestion, ranging from encouraging more print-at-home ticketing or relocating information points, to more expensive options involving the provision of additional space.

Network Rail said on-train counting systems already existed but with varying degrees of sophistication and that the rail industry did not routinely or systematically count the number of people at stations who were not travelling themselves.

The list excludes stations where congestion-tackling measures are already being taken, such as Paddington and Farringdon in London.

Network Rail also listed 12 stations with long-term plans which would deal with congestion, but which might not be fully committed or developed.

These 12 stations are: Barking (East London), Bristol Temple Meads, Chelmsford in Essex, Derby, Finsbury Park (North London), Glasgow Queen Street (High Level), Leeds, Liverpool Central, London Euston, Manchester Piccadilly (west side platforms), Manchester Victoria and Tottenham Hale (North London).

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