New Figures Show Melbourne's Trains Are Getting More Crowded

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4 October 2018

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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.

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