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Surbiton and Elmbridge borough stations named among most overcrowded train services

Two rush-hour trains that run through Surbiton and the Elmbridge borough are among the top 10 most overcrowded in England and Wales.

The 7.02am and 7.32am South West Train services from Woking to Waterloo fall ninth and 10th on a list of the most crowded trains in England and Wales, published by the Rail Executive this month.

The services, which pass through Weybridge, Walton, Hersham, Esher and Surbiton before arriving at London Waterloo, regularly depart at 150 per cent over capacity.

Figures released by the Rail Executive show the 7.02am service regularly departs with at least 431 more passengers than it is allocated, with the 7.32am leaving the station with 431 extra passengers.

The services carry on average 1,180 and 1,169 passengers on trains designed for just 738. Surbiton commuters bear the brunt of the overcrowding with the station being the last stop before the train reaches London Waterloo. Kingston and Surbiton MP James Berry has said this is just one of the reasons to embrace Crossrail 2.


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