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How overcrowded is YOUR train? Commuters' top 10 hellish trips to work are revealed

The 8.02am train from Oxford to London Marylebone was the most overcrowded in England and Wales last autumn, as new figures reveal the top ten most pack trains.

There were nearly twice as many standard class passengers as the registered capacity when the two-carriage Chiltern Railways service arrived in London on a weekday, giving it a load factor of 196 per cent. 

The Department for Transport (DfT), which published the data, said constraints on the number of available carriages limited the operator's ability to cope with rising demand.

The 8.02am train from Oxford to London Marylebone was the most overcrowded in England and Wales last autumn, as new figures reveal the top ten most pack trains 

Commuters board a London Overground train today. The 7.38am Enfield Town to London Liverpool Street train was the third most packed in England and Wales this time last year

The top 10 most overcrowded trains in England and Wales last autumn

1. 8.02am Oxford to London Marylebone (Chiltern Railways)

Load factor 196 per cent

2. 7.32am Woking to London Waterloo (South Western Railway)

Load factor 182 per cent

3. 7.38am Enfield Town to London Liverpool Street (London Overground)

Load factor 180 per cent

4. 3.08pm Weymouth to Gloucester (Great Western Railway)

Load factor 178 per cent

5. 6.30am London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour (South Western Railway)

Load factor 174 per cent

6. 5.50am Wolverhampton to London Euston (West Midlands Trains)

Load factor 171 per cent

7. 5.43am Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo (South Western Railway)

Load factor 169 per cent

8. 7.14am Alton to Waterloo (South Western Railway)

Load factor 168 per cent

9. 7.29am Chingford to London Liverpool St. (London Overground)

Load factor 166 per cent

10. 7.16am King’s Lynn to King’s Cross (Great Northern)

 Load factor 165 per cent

The 5.50am West Midlands Trains service from Wolverhampton to London Euston (load factor 171 per cent) and 7.16am Great Northern train from King's Lynn to London King's Cross (load factor 165 per cent) also make the top 10.

The DfT stated that the 10 most overcrowded trains represent 'a small fraction of all services' and some of the figures are based on a single count.

Some 16.4 per cent of passengers were standing on trains serving major cities in the morning and evening peaks.

This was a fall of 0.4 percentage points compared with the previous year, driven by a decline of 0.6 percentage points in London.

The cities with the largest increase in passengers standing were Liverpool (up 2.5 percentage points), Bristol (up 2.4 percentage points) and Leeds (up 0.7 percentage points).

The collapse in demand for rail travel due earlier in the coronavirus pandemic is not reflected in the latest figures.

Passengers have started to use tubes and trains again, however, which were packed today as commuters continue to head into the office in their droves - 36 hours after Boris Johnson told Britons to get back to working from home.

Thousands of passengers boarded public transport to get back to desks for the second consecutive morning since the Prime Minister's national address on Tuesday night.

Rolling out a new wave of restrictions and changes, Mr Johnson said those who were able to work from home should now go back to doing so, even though he has led a hard campaign of encouraging people back into towns and cities to save firms which have been put under threat during the pandemic.

Traffic data showed little change in the number of cars on roads in Britain's major cities. 

Transport for London said 771,000 passengers used the London Underground network from the start of service until 10am - only a 2.3 per cent decrease on the same period last week, and just 32 per cent of normal demand.

Meanwhile, there were 989,000 bus journeys made - down just 0.6 per cent on last week and at 56 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.

Earlier in July, phone data revealed only a handful of workers were commuting into the UK's mostly-deserted big cities.

The data showed that Edinburgh was the city which saw the least workers return to its streets with just 12 per cent footfall when compared to pre-lockdown levels.  

Only one in eight workers in London has returned to the office in July, compared to nearly 50 per cent in Basildon, Essex.

Research by the Centre for Cities think tank shows the majority of office workers across the country had been unwilling to return at the time.

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