Exmouth reacts to ‘ridiculous’ overcrowded trains

PUBLISHED: 13:13 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:35 14 December 2018

This photo was taken by Paul Millar yesterday morning (December 13)  before the train got to Topsham when it got so busy and cramped some people could not board the train.

This photo was taken by Paul Millar yesterday morning (December 13) before the train got to Topsham when it got so busy and cramped some people could not board the train.

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Today’s story on overcrowded trains between Exmouth and Exeter has stirred up some strong opinions on social media.

A busy platform at the Exmouth train station. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0876-48-13SH.A busy platform at the Exmouth train station. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0876-48-13SH.

People in Exmouth have expressed their frustration with rail services to Exeter on social media after the Journal posted an article on overcrowding earlier today.

The story, published this morning, came about after Exmouth based commuter Paul Millar, 26, took his concerns about the line to the boss of Great Western Railway, Mark Hopwood.

Mr Millar had specific concerns about the 7.51am Exmouth to Barnstaple rail service; he said there is often a ‘shortage of carriages’ leaving the train overcrowded, with some passengers unable to board the service at all.

“I particularly worry about the large number of children travelling to school who suffer great discomfort from the overcrowding,” said Paul, an executive assistant at Exeter University.

READ MORE: Overcrowding concerns on Exmouth to Exeter trains taken to the top

The article caused quite a stir on social media with commuters sharing their tales of train-bound woe.

James Searle commented: “I went to the ‘services’ rugby match at Sandy Park. Despite the pre-announced fixture. GWR provided a train with two carriages. We arrive at Lympstone Marine Camp and none of the waiting Royal Marines could board as the train was full.

“No doubt the fares will still rise! And to rub salt in to the wound, I understand they suspend discount fares on all match days?!”

Phil Davey is also annoyed by the overcrowding, he said: “Simple, more coaches during rush hours! Just two coaches are totally insufficient, after all you pay the same for a seat then you have to stand for the entire journey!”

Andrew Crews says overcrowding on the service is nothing new, he commented: “I used to get the train to Sowton back in 2004 and it was always packed, they only ever used one carriage, bloody ridiculous.

“They keep putting fares up but you don’t get anything for it. And they wonder why people don’t want to use public transport.”

Amy Yeo shares Mr Crew’s views, she said: “The 7:51 and its various incarnations over the years 7:50/7:53 etc have always been over crowded. It was worse when it was exclusively pacer trains.”

James Collins attempted to inject some humour and context to the debate, he simply commented: “Try London...”

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