Overcrowding on Melbourne’s trains is getting worse – new figures show.
Transport Victoria’s annual passenger load survey has found as many as 40 peak-period weekday trains carrying more commuters than they should be
The figures show around 13 per cent of passengers were stuffed into over-crowded trains in the morning and around 17 per cent on average were on overcrowded trains in the afternoon.
The lines with the biggest increase in peak-hour overcrowding are South Morang, Hurstbridge and Frankson lines. A quarter of passengers on the South Morang line were crammed into over-crowded trains.
The South Morang line, which has now been extended to Mernda, has also added thousands more passengers a day.
Western lines such as the Werribee, Sunbury and Cragieburn lines are some of the cities most congested.
A train is recorded as overcrowded if it has more than 900 passengers.