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Railways: Overcrowding

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 117233, tabled on 4 December 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the safety implications of non-implementation of maximum occupancy limits on trains.

Answered on

12 December 2017

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR), as the health and safety authority for Britain’s railways, is responsible for ensuring that railway companies protect passengers from health and safety risks caused by trains and infrastructure.

The Department for Transport requires train operators to carry out passenger counts as part of their franchise contracts to demonstrate that adequate capacity is being provided. The Department also requires franchisees to consider how the train fleet is matched with the timetable to minimise crowding.