Two train services through Huddersfield are officially among the most overcrowded in the country.

And although regular passengers have seen a slight improvement, there are still major problems with many people forced to stand on peak-time journeys.

Both services that are in the Top 10 are on the First TransPennine line and are early-morning ones.

One is the 6.30am from Manchester to Middlesbrough, which is running at 166% of capacity through Huddersfield and Dewsbury, while the second is the 6.30am service from Scarborough to Manchester Airport, which has 156% of capacity.

That means the dozens of passengers are having to stand, with most making the short journeys from Huddersfield to Manchester or to Leeds to work.

A survey out earlier this week showed that more than 1,100 people travelled into Huddersfield each day on the train with 3,862 heading out, with Leeds the most popular destination.

 

Transport Minister Claire Perry has challenged the rail industry to find new ways to give commuters more seats on busy trains following publication of the latest crowding statistics.

She 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. Train operators must act now, they must find new ways to create space on the network and in their trains.

“We are investing more than £38 billion in our railway delivering more trains, more seats and more services and we are pushing ahead with plans for a national high speed rail network that will help solve the problem in the long term. 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.”

Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh said: “As well as enduring inflation-busting fares increases, this misery map of the most-crowded services shows the reality of life for commuters under David Cameron. Some services are carrying twice as many passengers as they should, a far cry from the ‘comfortable commuting’ which out-of-touch ministers imagine on the railways.”

She went on: “In the north of England, Transpennine Express passengers will lose 18 carriages in spring 2015 adding to the problems of commuters”.

Peter Marshall, Honley-based chairman of the Huddersfield-Sheffield-Penistone Rail Users’ Association, said: “It is getting better but there are still problems.

“TransPennine have put on an extra service each hour through Huddersfield but too many people are still having to stand on trains.

“It does not encourage people to leave the car at home and get on the train. With the M62 so congested people should be encouraged to turn to the rail network but not if it is overcrowded.

“We need the line to be electrified and we need more rolling stock as soon as possible”.

The worst service in the country for overcrowding is the 16.46 from London Euston to Crewe - load factor 211%.

The second worst is the 07:32 service from Woking to London Waterloo - load factor 173%.