Passenger rail service complaints

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Quarterly statistics on the volume and cause of complaints made to train operating companies.​ This data forms part of ORR's core consumer data requirements from train operating companies; more information can be found at ORR core data

For details on how these statistics are compiled, please see our Passenger rail service complaints and delay compensation claims quality and methodology report and for information on any revisions, please see our Revisions Log.

Data and reports that include previous statistical releases on Passenger rail service complaints can be found on the National Archives.

If you have any questions or feedback on these statistics, please contact rail.stats@orr.gov.uk


Latest statistical release

Passenger rail service complaints April to June 2022
Passenger rail service complaints April to June 2022

Date published: 27 Oct 2022
Date next published: 12 Jan 2023

Key results

  • Passenger rail service complaints closed in the latest quarter (1 April to 30 June 2022) were more than double (102.4%) the total from the same quarter in the previous year (79,416 compared with 39,235).
  • The increase in complaint volumes reflects increased passenger journeys, which were up by 82.3% compared with the same quarter in the previous year. There was a deterioration in train punctuality and reliability and subsequently an increase in complaints. However, overall volumes remain lower than before the pandemic.
  • Overall, there were 23.9 complaints per 100,000 journeys between 1 April and 30 June 2022, which is higher than the same quarter in the previous year (21.6 complaints per 100,000 journeys).
  • Overall, 97.2% of complaints were closed within 20 working days in the latest quarter. 22 out of 24 train operators met the industry requirement to make a full response to 95% of complaints within 20 working days.