East Midlands Railway train services ‘overcrowded’ as commuters urged to plan ahead

A passenger on an East Midlands Railway service described it as ‘ridiculously overcrowded’ with just two carriages. Boarding the 9.08am train to Nottingham from Hykeham, the passenger said the train already had standing room only.

Several cricket fans traveled to Nottingham for the second Test between England and New Zealand on Sunday June 12 at the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground. The East Midlands Railway service said it was ‘unusually busy’ and advised commuters to use quieter services where possible.

The passenger, traveling to Trent Bridge for the cricket who boarded the train from Hykeham, said: ‘The train from Lincoln to Nottingham is ridiculously (arguably dangerously) overcrowded. It’s packed through Collingham, with people who struggling to get on (and off) Newark. Ashamed of East Midlands Railway.”

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An East Midlands Railway spokesperson said: “We are aware that some of our services to Nottingham have been exceptionally busy this morning due to the number of cricket fans traveling to Trent Bridge. We have limited availability of the fleet today and give priority to services that should be busy later this evening.

“We ask customers to continue to plan ahead and, where possible, aim to travel on quieter services.”