A PASSENGER fainted on an overcrowded rush hour train travelling into Edinburgh, the Courier has been told.

Only three carriages made up the 7.55am North Berwick to Edinburgh train on Tuesday, with passengers unable to board at a number of stations.

Commuter Sharon Reid, of North Berwick, said: “As we came into Edinburgh, a passenger was shouting out ‘any doctors or people with medical training on board?’ and there, on the floor, was a passenger who had fainted due to severe overcrowding.

"This is not the first time this has happened.”

A spokesman for ScotRail said that they had no record of anyone taking unwell on the service.

He added: “We know that one of the biggest concerns for our customers is busy trains – we do all that we can to meet demand, which can peak at different times.

“We run over 2,400 services every single weekday and every available train we have is out on the network to get our customers where they need to be.”

Overcrowding on trains in East Lothian has been a regular problem in recent years, including a number of occasions where trains have been so busy at peak times that commuters at Musselburgh have been unable to board.