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Railways: Standing

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the maximum time for which a train passenger should be expected to stand; and whether this figure is different for various service types. [HL1548]

The Department for Transport has set limits for passengers in excess of capacity (that is, those passengers having to stand) at 4.5 per cent on one peak (morning or afternoon) and 3 per cent across both peaks. This applies only to London commuter services. There are no separate standards set for other regional and intercity services.