Rumbles reveals top 10 most overcrowded rail journeys

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today highlighted figures given to the party revealing Scotland's ten most overcrowded rail journeys as he warned that "we will never tempt motorists out of their cars" unless rail firms invest in improving services.

Figures uncovered by the Scottish Liberal Democrats reveal that the 16:34 from Edinburgh to Perth is Scotland's most overcrowded journey, running at 136% of planned capacity. The two-carriage service carries 234 passengers but only has capacity for 172 seated and standing.

The second most overcrowded journey is the 08:07 from Neilston to Glasgow Central which runs at 123% of capacity and third is the 07:55 North Berwick to Haymarket service which runs at 119% of capacity.

Commenting on the figures, Mr Rumbles said:

"Commuters and tourists are shelling out more of their hard earned money than ever before to perch in corridors on overcrowded trains.

"Rail fares have consistently risen faster than wage increases. We will never tempt motorists out of their cars and onto public transport if being packed in like sardines is what they have to look forward to.

"Extra capacity is desperately needed but we know that the new trains which are supposed to provide this won't now be delivered in full until April 2019. This is well behind the original schedule. Not only are the new trains not in place, existing trains are busier than ever after some leases were allowed to expire.

"People want to see evidence that their ticket costs are being invested in improving services and infrastructure, but promises have yet to be delivered. It is time Scotland has a transport system fit for the 21st century."

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