Railways: Woking

Department for Transport written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Jonathan Lord Jonathan Lord Conservative, Woking

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on (a) the peak seat capacity and (b) demand for rail services between Woking to London Waterloo in each peak morning hour.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport receives demand and capacity information for services at selected stations based on counts carried out by each Train Operating Company (TOC). This information is provided to the Department by the TOCs in confidence, as it relates to the way in which train operating companies operate their businesses.

The Department publishes aggregated statistics showing overall passenger numbers and crowding levels into the major cities and central London stations in the publication ‘Rail passenger numbers and crowding on weekdays in major cities in England and Wales: 2018’. Information on the total number of seats and passenger numbers travelling from all locations into London Waterloo (via Vauxhall) is presented in the table below.

Morning peak seating and passenger number arrivals into London Waterloo on a typical autumn weekday in 2018

Time

07:00 - 07:59

08:00 - 08:59

09:00 - 09:59

Passengers

36,889

51,538

25,988

Total seats

28,764

36,223

24,969

Additional years are available at the link below:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/820139/rai0203.ods

The only services which are exempt from commercial confidentiality are those which feature in the ‘top ten’ most overcrowded peak train services into major cities. In Autumn 2018, the 07:02 Woking to London Waterloo service featured in this list.

Full details are available from the statistical release at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/rail-passenger-numbers-and-crowding-on-weekdays-in-major-cities-in-england-and-wales-2018

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