Rail travel in Britain reaches record levels
1 August 2013
New statistics published today by the Office of Rail Regulation show that rail use is on the rise as Britain’s railways clocked up 1.23 billion journeys in 2011-12. This accounts for a 6% increase in rail passenger journeys compared with the previous year – the highest since records began in 1995-96.
The data highlights passenger journeys within Great Britain, looking at travel within and between 11 regions – East of England, East Midlands, London, North East, North West, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.
The data also shows that:
- The total number of rail journeys within England was 1.11 billion – 749.8 million of those started or ended in London, accounting for about 67.3%
- Rail journeys within individual regions increased by 6.8% compared with 2010-11 and rail journeys between the 11 regions were up 4.3% from 2010-11.
- The total number of rail journeys for Scotland was 87.1 million – up 4.7% on 2010-11. Over 90% of journeys were within Scotland. Areas that saw the largest growth were West Lothian and East Ayrshire, which grew by 17.0% and 11.8% respectively.
- The total number of rail journeys for Wales rose to 28.1 million – up 2.9% from 2010-11. Journeys between Wales and other regions went up by 5.2% compared to 2010-11 – exceeding 9 million journeys for the first time.
- London had more rail journeys than any other region – 754 million. London was the origin or destination for 61.3% of all rail journeys in Great Britain. The number of journeys within London grew by 9.0% compared to 2010-11.
To view the statistics and a summary of the methodology, see: http://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/
Notes to editors
- To view the full methodology report, detailing the improvements made in 2011-12 and the limitations of the data, see http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/upload/pdf/regional-usage-profiles-odm-august-2013.pdf
- West Lothian has experienced large growth as the Airdrie to Bathgate line had its first full year of operation in 2011-12.
- Cornwall & Isles of Scilly has experienced large growth as a number of ranger/rover tickets have been included for the first time in the 2011-12 data.
- West Midlands has experienced large growth due to an improvement in the methodology used to estimate rail travel in the West Midlands (Centro) PTE area.