Two of the 10 most overcrowded trains in England and Wales are on the Birmingham New Street-London Euston lines.
The 20:17 and 20:03 trains were the most over crowded trains, spring 2013 data from the Department for Transport has revealed.
Main findings of the report for Birmingham said:
- On an average 39,000 passengers arrive into Central Birmingham during the morning peak hours, the highest outside of London.
- At the trains busiest points, 9.0% passengers were standing during the morning peak hours and 8.5% during the afternoon peak hours.
Passenger numbers have increased since 2012, when disruption of the London Midlands services had led to a reduced demand.
Rail passenger numbers and crowding on weekdays in England and Wales in 2013. SOURCE: Department for Transport
AM peak arrivals is the number of passengers arriving into the city centre by national rail on a typical autumn weekday during the three hour morning peak (7 – 10am).
Peak PiXC is the percentage of passengers in excess of capacity (PiXC) across the morning and evening peaks on a typical autumn weekday. It is the main measure of crowding in these statistics. A higher PiXCpercentage represents a worse crowding level.
The A38 St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels reopened early morning after refurbishment works for 6 weeks over the summers.
Overnight closures will still be place for the rest of the month.
Works done this year
As explained by Alex Franklin, assistant project manager:
“This year’s work is more technically detailed from a mechanical and electrical point of view”
New ventilation systems and wayfarer signs (indicating emergency exit direction and distance). PHOTO CREDITS: @brumtunnels
Here’s a list of the works done this year:
- 27 PA speakers
- 21 CCTV cameras
- 32 vehicle detection cameras
- 48 emergency phones
- 4 digital variable message signs
- Over 160 emergency way-finder signs
- 7 controlled evacuation doors
- Over 40 miles of electrical cabling needed to run the new systems
More news on the tunnels elsewhere today:
More here on the tunnels from last summer.