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Regional rail usage

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Annual statistics providing passenger journeys data for each Region of Great Britain, including journeys between Regions, within Regions and between England, Scotland and Wales. These estimates are collated by Steer on behalf of ORR.

For details on how these statistics are compiled, please see our Regional 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 Regional rail usage can be found on the National Archives.

Our statistical practice is regulated by the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR).

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

The origin destination matrix (ODM) that underpins our Regional rail usage data is now freely available on the Rail Data Marketplace.        



Latest statistical release

Regional rail usage, April 2022 to March 2023
Regional rail usage, April 2022 to March 2023

Date published: 22 Feb 2024
Date next published: TBC

Key results

  • The 863 million journeys made within regions in the latest year were equivalent to 84% of the 1,022 million journeys made three years prior, before the pandemic. The 366 million journeys made between regions in the latest year were equivalent to 76% of the 482 million journeys made three years prior.
  • Following the release of the ODM (the source data) on the Rail Data Marketplace, data are now presented at lower level disaggregation to show flows between local authorities, in addition to regions and countries.
  • London had the highest number of journeys across the regions (50% of regional journeys), followed by the South East (14% of regional journeys). The busiest flow was between the City of London and Essex local authorities, with 22.8 million journeys. The busiest station flow between these local authorities was London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.