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Published on : Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Britain saw the worst kind of overcrowding in the in the Paddington to Penzance service on Good Friday forcing police intervention who helped the passengers to leave the “train of hell”. Great western Railway (GWR) staff asked about 100 people boarding the train to return to the platform.
Passengers described the situation in their five hour journey as “overcrowded”, “shambolic” and “unsafe”. Travellers posted pictures on social media of people cramming in the carriages and sitting on the aisle between the seats. The staff inside the train failed to manage the crowd as pregnant women were fighting to make it to the loo.
The train conditions in Britain are heading towards a crisis and many trains are packed with people being unable to move. Critics feel that when fares are being increased there needs to be greater investment in the part of the railways to tackle the situation. Overcrowding is becoming a general situation in the rail transport in Britain they feel. The plans of upgrading and electrifying the London-Penzance line are yet to be implemented.
The authorities however feel that during the busiest travelling times the trains are expected to be busy. The passengers were put onboard a later train which was a high speed carriage where they adjusted with additional passengers. They felt that the safety of the passengers was paramount and that is the reason the authorities took such caution to ensure the safe transit of passengers.