The Mail

Londoners are travelling to work in conditions that would be illegal for farmyard animals, research revealed today.

The situation is likely to worsen, with the Transport for London (TfL) predicting that the network will have to deal with more than 330 million more journeys per year.

Nearly 22,000 passengers are now arriving in London during the morning rush hour peak – forcing commuters to be crammed in carriages with five people per square metre > conditions that would not be acceptable for transporting sheep, cattle and pigs under animal welfare regulations.

Rules for transporting livestock give chickens 70% more space, cattle have 23% more room, pigs 30% more and sheep and goats have 123% more space, according to an analysis of Department for Environment data.

Livestock transporters must give a cow at least one square metre, but TfL research found that up to five people are crammed into the same space during the busiest times on the Tube.

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