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27.08.13

Traffic light system push for overcrowding data

Train operators should publish information showing how crowded each service is, the DfT has said, to let passengers know how busy their train will be.

A traffic light system could show which trains are most crowded and help people choose when to travel. London Midland has introduced posters at stations, which rail minister Norman Baker has recommended to be rolled out across stations and online.

Baker said: “Publication of train-by-train crowding information is, in the short term, an important tool for allowing passengers to make informed choices about which trains to travel on, and convincing those passengers who can change their travel patterns to do so.

“The Coalition Government is delivering real benefits to passengers. We have ruled out making further increases to fares at the very busiest times and we are investing record amounts in improvements to the network, but where it is simply not possible to increase services, encouraging passengers to change their travel patterns is the best way to tackle a crowded network.

“The innovative approach taken by London Midland is helping to smooth the peaks in demand for their services and is making the most of the investment going into rail services in their area. I am keen to see the rail industry working together to follow London Midland’s example.”

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