The Evening Standard (London, England)

Our New Trains Will Be like Cattle Trucks, Admits Connex


FOR YEARS London's hardpressed rail commuters have complained of being herded into carriages like animals. Now Connex, which serves the capital's busiest routes, has admitted its new trains will be like "cattle trucks".

The company is planning to bring in new trains on some of the most crowded routes from Dartford through south-east London - but Connex fears its passengers may not be impressed.

It has now distributed 100,000 consultation leaflets warning commuters what is in store.

Of the planned trains, the operator states: "Designing a cattle truck?

Possibly. But the painful reality is that our peak-time passengers in south London journeys usually have to stand and may well feel like cattle. …

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