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 2020-21 Q3
Passenger rail usage 2020-21 Q3

Date published: 11 Mar 2021
Date next published: 03 Jun 2021

Key results

  • Passenger rail usage during the third quarter of 2020-21 continued to be affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. An alternative methodology has been used to estimate usage with some ticket types in 2020-21. There is more uncertainty around the estimates for 2020-21 Q1, Q2 and Q3 compared with previous quarters.
  • A total of 140 million rail passenger journeys were made in Great Britain in 2020-21 Q3. Usage remains considerably lower than it was before the pandemic with the 140 million journeys this quarter equating to 30.2% of the 463 million journeys recorded in 2019-20 Q3.
  • The London and South East sector recorded 106 million journeys this quarter. This equates to 33.4% of usage in 2019-20 Q3, higher than the Regional sector (24.0%) and the Long-distance sector (21.4%).
  • Total passenger revenue in Great Britain was £641 million in 2020-21 Q3. This equates to 23.8% of the £2.7 billion in 2019-20 Q3.