New statistical release shows record growth in Britain's railways

19 September 2013

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has today published a new statistical release which highlights record growth in Britain's railways.

The 'Passenger Rail Usage' statistical release assesses rail passenger numbers and revenue from 2002-03 to 30 June 2013. The data shows that rail usage in Britain has steadily increased over the past ten years. Latest figures for 2013-14 Q1 (1 April-30 June) show:

  • Passenger journeys in 2013-14 Q1 reached 385.2million, a 7.3% increase on the same quarter last year.
  • Total passenger revenue in 2013-14 Q1 was £2.02 billion, a 7.3% increase on 2012-13. This is the highest revenue generated within any quarter since records began.

This report is part of a series of quarterly and annual statistical releases which offer context and commentary on latest data trends. Detailed explanations of the methodology used in collecting the data can be found in the accompanying quality report pdf icon PDF, 361 Kb

Read the full report pdf icon PDF, 931 Kb

Transparency for the railways is about ensuring passengers are able to make the right travel decisions, and helping Governments and rail customers really understand what they are getting for their money.

ORR is currently assessing consultation responses to its draft plan for funding and improving Britain's railways between 2014 and 2019. As part of this plan ORR will publish new information to help improve public understanding of the railways. The regulator also wants to see the rail industry maintaining progress and taking the lead, seeing transparency as an opportunity for investment, growth and innovation. To join the debate, share views on Twitter at #openrail