How busy have your trains been?

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The trains around East Lancashire seemed quite busy, considering the lockdown by stealth.
I did a little run up the GN Peterborough route this afternoon, partly as there was somewhere I needed to go, and partly taking the opportunity to get some 365 action.

It was surprisingly busy, I’d have thought with the engineering work and thus no service to London it would be largely empty, but not so at all - though I had no trouble getting the front carriage to myself both ways. It was also an hourly service compared to half hourly on a normal Saturday.

Like some of my observations earlier in the week, the demographic was again conspicuously trashy. This doesn’t bode well to be honest. I know Saturdays don’t bring out the suit types, however this looked like what one would find on the Skegness line in summer rather than Home Counties; or perhaps to put it another way more like what one would expect to find on buses round here rather than the railway. Clearly a lot of people are still deserting the railway.
 
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I did a little run up the GN Peterborough route this afternoon, partly as there was somewhere I needed to go, and partly taking the opportunity to get some 365 action.

It was surprisingly busy, I’d have thought with the engineering work and thus no service to London it would be largely empty, but not so at all - though I had no trouble getting the front carriage to myself both ways. It was also an hourly service compared to half hourly on a normal Saturday.

Like some of my observations earlier in the week, the demographic was again conspicuously trashy. This doesn’t bode well to be honest. I know Saturdays don’t bring out the suit types, however this looked like what one would find on the Skegness line in summer rather than Home Counties; or perhaps to put it another way more like what one would expect to find on buses round here rather than the railway. Clearly a lot of people are still deserting the railway.
The clientelle on my trains seemed sufficiently trashy. It included me afterall :lol:

Joking aside, the trains were lots of young people, lots of families as you'd expect.

To be fair the Blackpool North - Leeds/Colne services have never got many suit and tie types to start off with. I think that Northern's traditional lack of ABC1 types is probably a more robust client base.
 

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I travelled on the 1158 York to London yesterday. There were 2 passengers including myself in the coach i was sat in.
 

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0957 East Kilbride to Glasgow Central, good load on a 2 car 156. Hardly anyone gets on at Busby for some reason now compared to other stations.
 

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The clientelle on my trains seemed sufficiently trashy. It included me afterall :lol:

Joking aside, the trains were lots of young people, lots of families as you'd expect.

To be fair the Blackpool North - Leeds/Colne services have never got many suit and tie types to start off with. I think that Northern's traditional lack of ABC1 types is probably a more robust client base.
Yes I remember doing Blackpool to Colne a few years back. Mill Hill was quite an eye-opener, everyone who got on there looked malnourished, a whole family got straight in the toilet and re-emerged the moment the train stopped at Blackburn, whilst the rest who got on all sat looking shifty.

Jokes aside though, the London area operation isn’t going to be supported by Jeremy Kyle families, which was what I saw last Saturday. For the simple reason that there aren’t actually that many of them.
 

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Yes I remember doing Blackpool to Colne a few years back. Mill Hill was quite an eye-opener, everyone who got on there looked malnourished, a whole family got straight in the toilet and re-emerged the moment the train stopped at Blackburn, whilst the rest who got on all sat looking shifty.

Jokes aside though, the London area operation isn’t going to be supported by Jeremy Kyle families, which was what I saw last Saturday. For the simple reason that there aren’t actually that many of them.
South Manchester trains and trams are like London in terms of the suited types pre-COVID.

From Tuesday last week, here is some feedback from the West Midlands:

15:31 from Wolverhampton to Birmingham - only around 4-5 in my carriage and lightly-loaded in general. 8-car London North Western Railway service

16:04 from Birmingham to Coventry - around 10 in my carriage and again not well-loaded. 9-car Cross Country service

18:47 from Canley near Coventry to Birmingham - me and a friend were the only ones in our carriage until Birmingham International whereupon one other boarded. 8-car London North Western Railway service

19:30 from Birmingham New Street to Wolverhampton - around six or seven in our carriage. 9-car Cross Country service

22:14 from Wolverhampton to Stockport - around ten in my carriage until Stoke-on-Trent then around half a dozen thereafter. 8-car Cross Country service

23:20 from Stockport to Heaton Chapel - think us two were the only ones in the front 3 carriages and one or two in the rear three carriages. 6-car Northern service

On Monday I did two very brief train journeys plus some other transport:

08:14 Heaton Chapel to Manchester Piccadilly - a fair few seats taken but nowhere near as busy as it would have been pre-COVID given it's a 6-car service and gets people into the city centre perfectly comfortably for a 9am start.

A National Express coach from Manchester to Birmingham was reasonably well-loaded - we were mandated to sit in window seats which didn't bother me in the slightest. Most window seats were occupied.

15:59 Duddeston to Four Oaks - up to ten in my carriage between some of the stops but I was in the very front coach of a 6-car train so coaches further back may have been a little busier

Midland Metro (actually a tram!) from Bilston to Wednesbury was almost dead - maybe ten on the entire tram. Mind you it was after 20:00 on a Monday evening.

Buses around the West Midlands over the two days were lightly-loaded but some around Walsall were saying Full around 5-6pm on Monday.
 

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Yesterday while out on the Gospel oak to Barking line. Previously reported during most typical rush hour time's. Actually decided to count an off peak and around 35per carriage in a four car.
 

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Mother in law is currently on the 1203 Paddington-Penzance.

Reports about 10 other people in her carriage (in the front half of the train)
 

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Last few weeks ive noticed a few long distance business travellers in suits at Glasgow Central and Edinburgh.
 

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Yesterday I travelled on the 1158 York - London service. There were 4 of us in coach J.
Later on at about 1700 i caught a District line tube at Cannon Street. There were 3 of us waiting on the platform as it arrived.
 

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Son reports 4 per car on the 0937 Pendo WFJ to BHNS and a stunning 3 per car on the 1830 return.

Not exactly 3 train an hour turf for the moment. Not that central Brum was exactly humming , no football , etc etc.
 

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Observed the 1735 Grantham to Kings Cross which was easily into 3 figures, 10 car Azuma.
 

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