UK Transport Minister Claire Perry has called on train operators to take action in order to resolve the overcrowding issue on the rail network in England and Wales.
According to the statistics based on passengers travelling through the national rail network in 2013, the overall crowding increased by a negligible amount since 2012 and growing passenger numbers in some cities has worsened the situation.
Perry said: "Since 1995, passenger journeys on the railway have more than doubled with 1.6 billion journeys being recorded in the last year. This means that on too many journeys, passengers have to stand in cramped conditions.
"I understand the frustration of rail passengers forced to stand on busy services and that is why I am calling on the operators to do more."
According to the statistics, Sheffield is the largest city with increase in passengers in excess of capacity (PiXC) and it had a larger increase in the morning peak, while the standard class critical load increased by 5.1%.
In London, the standard class critical load increased by 2.2% in the morning peak while PiXC decreased slightly and the afternoon peak marked the number of passengers as 3.1% when PiXC rose from 1.8% to 2.0%.
Along with the statistics, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has also issued a list of top ten crowded train services.
The DfT is investing more than £38bn in the UK’s railway to deliver more facilities and planning a high speed rail network to resolve the problem in the long-term.
Image: Overcrowding on the rail network in England and Wales. Photo: courtesy of UK Department for Transport.