New statistics show record number of rail passenger journeys

6 December 2012

Over 376 million passenger journeys took place on Great Britain's railways in Q2 2012-13 (1 July to 30 September 2012) - 19 million more than the same period last year - show new statistics published today by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).

ORR's latest passenger usage figures highlight that:

  • The number of passenger journeys grew in all sectors. There were 259.1 million journeys on London and South East services in Q2 2012-13, a 6.4% increase on the same period last year. There were 32.6 million journeys on long distance services, a 4.7% increase. For regional services, there were 84.4 million journeys, a 2.1% increase.
  • The total number of kilometres travelled by rail passengers in Q2 2012-13 was 14.8 billion kilometres – more kilometres recorded within any quarter since records began and an increase of 4.0% compared to the same period last year.
  • Total franchised passenger revenue in Q2 2012-13 reached £1.9billion, a 7.7% increase compared with the same quarter last year. This is the highest recorded level of revenue generated within any quarter. 

To view these statistics, visit ORR's National Rail Trends (NRT) Portal at:

The NRT Portal - which now has over 2,200 subscribers - gives everyone access to a wide range of rail statistics throughout the year. The NRT Portal holds information in one place and is easy to navigate. New data is uploaded onto the Portal each month.