Latest ORR statistics show record number of passenger journeys and revenue

14 March 2013

Rail usage statistics published by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) today show that over 385 million passenger journeys took place on Great Britain's railways in Q3 2012-13 (1 October to 31 December 2012) – 14 million more than the same period last year. This is also the highest number of franchised passenger journeys in a third quarter since records began.

ORR's latest passenger usage figures highlight that:

  • The number of passenger journeys grew in all sectors when compared to both the same quarter last year and Q2 2012-13. There were 262.0 million journeys on London and South East services in Q3 2012-13, a 5.1% increase on the same period last year. There were 32.6 million journeys on long distance services, a 1.8% increase. For regional services, there were 90.4 million journeys, a 1.1% increase.
  • The total number of kilometres travelled by rail passengers in Q3 2012-13 was 14.6 billion kilometres, this is an increase of 2.8% compared to the same period last year.
  • Total franchised passenger revenue in Q3 2012-13 reached £1.96billion, an 8.3% increase compared with the same period last year. This is the highest recorded level of revenue generated within any quarter. Non-franchised passenger revenue rose to a record high of £12.7million, this is a 16.1% increase compared to the same quarter last year.

With rail passenger usage at record levels, ORR is determined to see Britain's railways build on its current achievements and success. The regulator is currently reviewing Network Rail's strategic business plan for 2014-19 to make certain that the plan is in the best interest of customers and taxpayers, delivering real value for money. ORR is studying and challenging the plan to verify it is affordable and that every penny is made to count towards meeting what users and Governments' want from the railway.

To view these statistics, visit ORR's National Rail Trends (NRT) Portal at: http://dataportal.orr.gov.uk

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.