Regional rail journeys - North West - Table 15.6
Number of passenger journeys by rail to, from and within the North West region.¹
Great Britain
Annual data (financial year): 1995-96 to 2016-17
Table 1 - North West passenger journeys
Total number of passenger journeys (thousands)
 
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-00
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09 (b)
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
Percentage change on previous year
To/from other Region
14,624
15,294
16,723
17,397
18,013
17,099
17,747
17,353
18,237
18,196
20,085
21,673
23,013
24,447
26,490
28,618
30,220
31,212
32,301
34,315
35,954
38,138
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Within Region
25,226
28,828
32,477
32,613
34,869
34,825
33,983
33,669
37,266
40,482
43,959
45,494
48,650
81,371
79,608
82,939
84,962
82,709
89,440
90,563
92,051
95,828
4.1
Total Journeys
39,850
44,122
49,199
50,009
52,882
51,924
51,730
51,022
55,503
58,678
64,044
67,167
71,663
105,819
106,098
111,556
115,182
113,921
121,741
124,878
128,005
133,966
4.7
Table 2 - North West passenger journeys
Number of passenger journeys (thousands) between North West and other regions
Between North West and
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-00
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09 (b)
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
Percentage change on previous year
East of England
502
536
562
594
595
529
530
509
532
503
563
590
603
566
530
580
611
639
646
700
735
748
1.8
East Midlands
1,265
1,337
1,469
1,481
1,537
1,483
1,476
1,526
1,695
1,714
1,832
1,891
1,989
2,429
2,463
2,623
2,721
2,992
3,097
3,122
3,184
3,297
3.6
London
4,326
4,545
5,257
5,454
5,537
4,934
5,345
4,835
4,900
4,618
5,467
6,029
6,452
6,576
8,014
8,416
8,841
9,037
9,450
10,063
10,672
11,218
5.1
North East
508
517
535
557
568
541
563
572
620
626
696
751
797
894
845
908
947
944
978
1,053
1,092
1,161
6.4
Scotland
836
852
905
1,000
1,109
1,079
1,160
1,106
1,109
1,074
1,131
1,236
1,313
1,442
1,615
1,855
1,942
2,016
2,083
2,361
2,320
2,649
14.2
South East
920
946
986
1,038
1,054
951
977
972
965
895
971
1,057
1,111
1,107
1,187
1,326
1,388
1,445
1,474
1,593
1,664
1,694
1.8
South West
471
474
515
544
585
553
594
573
559
519
523
539
566
558
582
628
625
622
612
651
659
674
2.2
Wales - Cymru
1,046
1,126
1,186
1,188
1,212
1,192
1,209
1,159
1,310
1,341
1,359
1,424
1,512
1,561
1,616
1,753
1,853
1,847
1,825
1,887
1,915
1,923
0.4
West Midlands
1,689
1,750
1,859
1,966
2,050
1,992
2,098
2,170
2,128
2,176
2,457
2,726
2,921
3,088
3,286
3,658
3,896
4,070
4,277
4,554
4,839
5,297
9.5
Yorkshire and the Humber
3,061
3,209
3,447
3,576
3,765
3,844
3,796
3,931
4,419
4,731
5,087
5,429
5,750
6,226
6,351
6,871
7,397
7,601
7,858
8,330
8,874
9,478
6.8
North West Total
14,624
15,294
16,723
17,397
18,013
17,099
17,747
17,353
18,237
18,196
20,085
21,673
23,013
24,447
26,490
28,618
30,220
31,212
32,301
34,315
35,954
38,138
6.1
Table 3 - North West passenger journeys to/from other Region² ³
Passenger journeys (thousands) between 2015 NUTS2 boundaries in North West and other regions
To/From another region by NUTS2 boundaries
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-00
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09 (b)
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
Percentage change on previous year
Cheshire
2,173
2,329
2,562
2,642
2,714
2,513
2,582
2,429
2,482
2,482
2,655
3,349
3,566
3,603
3,963
4,361
4,588
4,686
4,838
5,132
5,317
5,529
4.0
Cumbria
1,054
1,071
1,131
1,259
1,298
1,247
1,272
1,249
1,297
1,264
1,358
1,461
1,582
1,600
1,744
1,872
1,926
1,939
2,019
2,172
2,139
2,198
2.8
Greater Manchester
3,667
3,834
4,057
4,008
3,907
3,652
3,534
2,808
2,736
2,710
3,030
11,455
12,252
13,439
14,433
15,514
16,444
17,170
17,890
18,693
19,836
21,174
6.7
Lancashire
1,985
2,074
2,199
2,266
2,314
2,181
2,277
2,168
2,196
2,110
2,204
2,331
2,415
2,385
2,556
2,730
2,829
2,845
2,798
3,111
3,199
3,367
5.3
Merseyside
1,369
1,389
1,417
1,412
1,316
1,174
1,170
1,127
1,140
1,138
1,187
3,078
3,198
3,421
3,794
4,141
4,434
4,572
4,757
5,206
5,463
5,870
7.4
North West Other
4,376
4,598
5,357
5,810
6,464
6,333
6,912
7,571
8,385
8,492
9,651
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Total
14,624
15,294
16,723
17,397
18,013
17,099
17,747
17,353
18,237
18,196
20,085
21,673
23,013
24,447
26,490
28,618
30,220
31,212
32,301
34,315
35,954
38,138
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Table 4 - North West passenger journeys within Region² ³
Origin and destination points (thousands) of journeys within North West 2015 NUTS2 boundaries
Within the region by NUTS2 boundaries
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-00
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09 (b)
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
Percentage change on previous year
Cheshire
4,554
4,954
5,610
5,865
5,901
5,854
5,823
5,924
6,166
6,073
6,390
7,402
8,463
9,350
9,811
10,645
11,046
11,364
13,763
14,619
15,314
16,062
4.9

Cumbria
2,194
2,718
2,844
2,804
2,864
2,943
2,705
2,676
2,943
3,028
3,213
3,311
3,837
3,373
4,222
4,261
4,188
4,308
4,337
4,488
4,350
4,445
2.2
Greater Manchester
10,261
11,723
13,136
12,309
13,308
13,742
13,616
12,793
14,414
14,757
16,126
32,181
34,780
44,884
45,021
48,171
52,374
52,658
55,026
53,725
54,552
59,598
9.3
Lancashire
7,669
8,068
8,776
8,682
9,207
9,386
9,311
8,653
9,630
10,130
10,500
10,999
11,707
12,263
12,507
13,258
13,835
14,074
15,967
15,848
15,804
16,844
6.6
Merseyside
13,795
16,450
19,176
19,484
20,770
19,669
18,168
18,075
19,767
23,045
25,035
37,093
38,511
92,873
87,654
89,542
88,479
83,014
89,788
92,446
94,083
94,706
0.7
North West Other
11,980
13,743
15,412
16,081
17,687
18,057
18,342
19,218
21,613
23,930
26,654
0
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Total
50,452
57,656
64,953
65,225
69,737
69,651
67,966
67,338
74,533
80,964
87,917
90,988
97,299
162,743
159,215
165,877
169,923
165,418
178,880
181,126
184,102
191,655
4.1
Source:
Origin Destination Matrix (ODM), which is mainly derived from the rail industry's ticketing and revenue database, LENNON, supplemented with other industry data for some regions.
Symbols:
(:) Data not available
(r)  Data revised
(p) Data are provisional
(b) Break in time series
Notes:
Data can be subject to methodological changes indicated by (b).

In 2008-09, new estimates of rail travel in passenger transport executives (PTEs) areas were included in the dataset.
1. Regional rail journey numbers are calculated based on the origin and destination named on the ticket. This differs from figures published as part of the Passenger Rail Usage statistical release (http://orr.gov.uk/statistics/published-stats/statistical-releases), which is calculated based on the number of legs taken to complete a journey.
2. The sub-regions used in all the 11 regional tables have been updated to the 2015 NUTS2 boundary definitions as was previously done in the 2015-16 estimates of station usage dataset. For further information on the local authority boundaries as they existed prior to the 2009 reorganisation, please refer to the ONS Website.
3. Journeys by historic sub-regions tables can be found: http://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/browsereports/15
More details on methodology can be found in the quality report relating to this dataset: http://orr.gov.uk/statistics/published-stats/statistical-releases
 
This dataset is used in the Regional Rail Usage statistical release. To view or download the statistical release: http://orr.gov.uk/statistics/published-stats/statistical-releases
Revisions
For the latest information on data revisions, please see the revisions log: http://orr.gov.uk/statistics/code-of-practice/revisions-log
Other datasets:
- ORR publishes data on passenger rail usage by sector, ticket type and by Train Operating Company though these are calculated on a different basis to regional rail usage. If a passenger has to change trains, this would be classed as two journeys in passenger rail usage but only one journey in regional rail usage. The Passenger Rail Usage statistical release is available here: http://orr.gov.uk/statistics/published-stats/statistical-releases and associated data tables are available
- Department for Transport publishes regional transport statistics within their National Travel Survey, which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-travel-survey-statistics. DfT also publishes rail usage data on light rail and tramways within Transport Statistics Great Britain, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/transport-statistics-great-britain
- Transport Scotland publish data on rail usage in their annual Scottish Transport Statistics. The latest publication is available here: https://www.transport.gov.scot/publications/
- The Welsh Government publish regional rail usage data within their compendium of rail transport statistics. The latest publication is available here: http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/?topic=Transport&lang=en