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.

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



Latest statistical release

Regional rail usage, April 2020 to March 2021
Regional rail usage, April 2020 to March 2021

Date published: 17 Feb 2022
Date next published: 09 Feb 2023

Key results

  • Passenger rail usage during financial year 2020-21 was affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The impact varied regionally with the South West (23.3%) recording the most journeys in 2020-21 as a percentage of journeys made in 2019-20. Scotland (15.6%) recorded the lowest percentage of journeys made a year earlier.
  • The 264 million journeys made within regions in 2020-21 were equivalent to 25.9% of the 1,022 million journeys in 2019-20. The 79.6 million journeys made between regions in 2020-21 were equivalent to 16.5% of the 482 million journeys in 2019-20.