Ilford train chaos: ‘Survival of the fittest’ at station as commuters to Liverpool Street face overcrowding and delays

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:45 17 March 2016

Ilford train: Twitter user @lcvefranta sent in this picture

Ilford train: Twitter user @lcvefranta sent in this picture


It is “survival of the fittest” for commuters at Ilford station due to overcrowding, trains skipping past and last minute platform changes.

Ilford train:View from inside the carriage 2Ilford train:View from inside the carriage 2

Commuters say journeys are plagued by conditions, especially on the way home.

Mo Williams, of Woodford Avenue, Clayhall, said: “It’s survival of the fittest – it’s almost a fight to the death.”

Commuter Abid Mahmood said it was a “nightmare”.

Transport for London (TfL) Crossrail operations director Howard Smith said numbers using the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line had “grown significantly” due to better reliability since it took over in May.

Ilford train: commuters battling to get on a trainIlford train: commuters battling to get on a train

But he admitted there had been “a dip in performance” in the past two months caused by train faults and problems with track and signals while the railway is being upgraded.

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