Eleven key train stations, including Clapham Junction, were today listed as needing action to ease overcrowding.
The Network Rail list also includes the London stations of Victoria,
Fenchurch Street and Charing Cross as well as Liverpool's Lime Street
The list excludes stations where congestion-busting measures are already in
place such as Paddington and Farringdon in London.
Network Rail also said action should be taken to identify the measures
needed to relieve passenger congestion at the 11 stations by 2019.
NR also listed 12 stations with long-term plans which would deal with
congestion but which might not be fully committed or developed.
The report suggested various measures to ease congestion, ranging from
"soft" options, such as encouraging more print-at-home ticketing or
relocating information points, to more expensive options involving provision
of additional space.
Network Rail said on-train counting systems already existed but with varying degrees
of sophistication. It added that the rail industry did not routinely or systematically
count the number of non-travellers at stations, but said, "There is not a direct correlation between the number of
station users and the level of congestion observed.
"So merely analysing which stations have the greatest numbers of users will
not of itself highlight where crowding is a particular difficulty."
Richard Tracey, London Assembly Member For Merton and Wandsworth, said, "I have been
fighting a long campaign to improve conditions at local
stations, especially Clapham Junction and Wimbledon, together with my MP
colleagues, and have regular contact with Transport ministers and Network
Rail, as well as making a documentary about the problem with ITV. There are
other stations that should be on the list such as Wandsworth Town and
Earlsfield. Plus we need longer trains and the mothballed Waterloo
International platforms back in use"
NR's group strategy director Paul Plummer said: "A successful railway
station should add to the passenger experience as well as support the
economic, social and environmental benefits of rail.
"As more and more people choose to travel by rail, it's vital that passenger
congestion is tackled or some stations risk becoming victims of their own
"Working with our partners from across the rail industry, we have identified
a number of stations that would benefit from cost-effective measures to
reduce congestion and improve the travelling experience for passengers."
September 1, 2011