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£1m on line! Commuters pack trains with gadgets

COMMUTER trains packed with passengers using the latest smartphones, laptops and tablets can be hauling up to £1million of personal possessions on each journey.

Valuables taken on board during rush-hour total £1,815 per traveller. With the average London-bound train carrying 515 passengers, this adds up to £934,725 per train, a study finds.

The average value of electronic items is £632 per passenger, with items kept in bags, such as spectacles, make-up and perfumes, worth £327. Clothing and the contents of wallets, purses and clothing adds another £856.

On Tube lines in the capital, the value of possessions is even higher with Central, Metropolitan and Victoria line trains said to be carrying more than £1.4million worth of valuables.

In the regions, passengers boarding trains at Sheffield carry an estimated £244,003 of goods, compared with £239,479 in Manchester, £233,493 for services from Newcastle and £167,661 for Glasgow.

Commuter trains from Cardiff have an estimated £126,769 on board while those in Liverpool are said to carry the least — £121,192.

‘It’s alarming to think about the value of the items we carry to and from work each day without a moment’s hesitation,’ said Kirsty Wainwright-Noble, from Towergate Insurance, which compiled the study.

‘It’s crucial that commuters check they have the right cover in place and if unsure speak to their insurer, otherwise their already costly commute could become much worse.’