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Passenger rail usage

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Quarterly statistics reporting the volume of passenger journeys, kilometres and revenue on the mainline network in Great Britain. Long-running time series on passenger journeys (Table 1220) and passenger kilometres (Table 1230) are updated annually.

For details on how these statistics are compiled, please see our Passenger rail usage 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 usage 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 usage  October to December 2021
Passenger rail usage October to December 2021

Date published: 17 Mar 2022
Date next published: 16 Jun 2022

Key results

  • Passenger rail usage continued to be affected this quarter by restrictions relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • A total of 285 million rail passenger journeys were made in Great Britain in the latest quarter (1 October to 31 December 2021). This is more than double the 139 million journeys made in the same quarter last year and equates to 61.8% of the 461 million journeys made in the same quarter two years ago.
  • Changes in usage continue to vary by ticket type. The 236 million journeys made this quarter using ordinary tickets equate to 77.5% of usage two years ago. By contrast, the 48 million journeys made this quarter using season tickets equate to 30.9% of usage two years ago.