Latest statistical releases

Since September 2013, we have published regular commentaries on rail statistics under eight themes – including performance and safety. These releases are designed to help the user interpret the data and are accredited National Statistics.

These statistical releases provide contextual commentary on statistics across a common topic and aid the user in the interpretation of the data. A Quality Report accompanies each statistical release. Data tables are available via the Data portal.

The statistical releases are published under eight themes. Here you can access the latest publication for each theme:

Passenger and freight rail performance

Public performance measure (PPM), freight delivery metric (FDM) and cancellations and significant lateness (CaSL).

Latest statistical release:
Passenger and freight rail performance statistical release 2018-19 Q1 pdf icon PDF, 433 Kb

Published 20 September 2018

Next publication date: 6 December 2018

Further information about the data and quality dimensions can be accessed in the Passenger and freight rail performance quality report pdf icon PDF, 164 Kb.

Passenger rail usage

Passenger train kilometres, Passenger kilometres, passenger journeys, and passenger revenue.

Latest statistical release:
Passenger rail usage statistical release 2017-18 Q4 pdf icon PDF, 383 Kb

Published: 14 June 2018

Next publication date: 04 October 2018

Further information about the data and quality dimensions can be accessed in the Passenger rail usage quality report pdf icon PDF, 158 Kb.

Freight rail usage

Freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay, freight kilometres.

Latest statistical release:
Freight rail usage statistical release 2017-18 Q4 pdf icon PDF, 566 Kb

Published 7 June 2018

Next publication date: 27 September 2018

Further information about the data and quality dimensions can be accessed in the Freight rail usage quality report. pdf icon PDF, 434 Kb

Passenger rail service complaints

Complaints, appeals and National Rail Enquiries (NRE) telephone service.

Latest statistical release:
Passenger rail service complaints statistical release 2017-18 Q4 pdf icon PDF, 1,039 Kb

Published 28 June 2018

Next publication date: 25 October 2018

Further information about the data and quality dimensions can be accessed in the Passenger rail service complaints quality report pdf icon PDF, 388 Kb.

Regional rail usage

Regional rail usage (Passenger Journeys) for each region of Great Britain.

Latest statistical release:
Regional rail usage statistical release 2016-17 pdf icon PDF, 584 Kb
Regional rail usage infographic pdf icon PDF, 367 Kb

Regional rail usage tables for 2016-17 xls icon XLS, 289 Kb
Regional rail usage - Passenger journeys by Regions - 2016-17 (historic geographies) xls icon XLS, 184 Kb

Published 1 February 2018

Next publication date: January 2019

Further information about the data and quality dimensions can be accessed in the Regional rail usage profiles quality report pdf icon PDF, 212 Kb.

Detailed information on the background, methodology and limitations of the Origin Destination Matrix (ODM) data used to produce the regional rail usage profiles can be accessed in the Regional rail usage profiles - Origin Destination Matrix 2016-17 - Summary Report  pdf icon PDF, 658 Kb

Rail safety statistics

Key safety facts, passenger key safety facts, public key safety facts, workforce key safety facts and train accidents key facts.

Latest statistical release:
Rail safety statistics 2016-17 pdf icon PDF, 522 Kb

Published 26 September 2017

Next publication date: September 2018

Further information about the data and quality dimensions can be accessed in the Rail safety quality report pdf icon PDF, 118 Kb.

Rail finance

Government support to the rail industry, private investment. Rail fares index.

Latest statistical releases:

Rail Finance 2016-17 annual statistical release pdf icon PDF, 338 Kb

Published 11 October 2017

Next publication date: 11 October 2018 (postponed from 30 August - see orr.gov.uk/statistics/publication-dates for more details)

Further information about the data and quality dimensions can be accessed in the Rail finance quality report pdf icon PDF, 169 Kb.

Additional financial data can be found in the the UK Rail Industry Financial Information publication.

Rail fares index (January 2018) pdf icon PDF, 294 Kb

Published 19 April 2018

Next publication date: April 2019

Further information about the data and quality dimensions can be accessed in the Rail fares index quality report pdf icon PDF, 131 Kb

Rail infrastructure, assets and environmental

Infrastructure on the railways, average age of rolling stock and sustainable development.

Latest statistical release:
Rail infrastructure, assets and environmental 2016-17 pdf icon PDF, 244 Kb

Published 24 October 2017

Next publication date: 18 October 2018

Further information about the data and quality dimensions can be accessed in the Rail infrastructure, assets and environmental quality report pdf icon PDF, 241 Kb.

Factsheets

For some datasets published on the Data Portal which are not part of the eight themed statistical releases above we have produced some useful factsheets summarising the data:

Key statistics by train operating company (TOC) - 2017-18

These factsheets provide an annual summary of key statistics for each passenger train operating company. The associated tables are available on the Data Portal. If you have any feedback on these factsheets please contact rail.stats@orr.gsi.gov.uk

Published 5 July 2018

Disabled persons railcards and passenger assists

Train punctuality, cancellations and severe disruption

The rail industry has worked together to define a new set of passenger rail performance measures.

This factsheet provides a summary of the new measures up to and including Period 13 of 2017-18. The associated data tables are available on the Data Portal (see Tables 3.65, 3.66 and 3.67). If you have any feedback or questions on the new performance measures please contact rail.stats@orr.gsi.gov.uk

New Performance Measures - 2017-18 pdf icon PDF, 198 Kb
Published 20 September 2018

For a review of the system reliability and data accuracy of the suite of proposed new measures of rail performance, please refer to the report prepared by the independent reporter.

What's different about the new performance measures?

For the existing PPM measure, a train is considered to be on time if it arrives at its final destination within five minutes of its scheduled arrival time (10 minutes for long distance services). The new on time measure calculates the proportion of recorded station stops that trains arrive at within one minute of the scheduled arrival time (with no distinction made for long distance services). So rather than measuring punctuality on the final part of the journey as is the case with PPM, where possible, on time measures punctuality along the entire journey (current technology allows punctuality to be recorded to the nearest minute for 80% of all station stops).

For reliability, the existing CaSL measure records the proportion of trains that are cancelled (either in full or part) or that complete their entire journey but arrive at their final destination more than 30 minutes late. The new Cancellations measure calculates the proportion of trains that are cancelled in full or in part with part cancellations counting as half the weight of a full cancellation. Where a train fails CaSL, it automatically fails PPM. If a train is cancelled in part (e.g. a train terminates short of its final destination), it can still record on time passes at other stations on the route. This means that punctuality and reliability are separated in the new measures.

A new Severe Disruption measure has also been produced. This captures the number of days where a substantial number of services have been cancelled. It is measured differently at the national and sub-operator level. For a day to count as severely disrupted at the national level, at least 5% of planned services must be cancelled. For a day to count as severely disrupted at the sub-operator level, at least 20% of planned services must be cancelled.

Rail statistics compendium - 2016-17

This compendium provides an annual summary of key statistics from all our statistical releases. The associated statistical releases are available above and the data tables are available on the Data Portal. If you have any feedback on the compendium please contact rail.stats@orr.gsi.gov.uk

Rail statistics compendium - 2016-17 pdf icon PDF, 4,789 Kb
Published 29 November 2017.

Next publication date:November 2018

Further information on statistical releases

Four statistical releases - regional usage, key safety statistics, rail finance and rail infrastructure, assets and environmental - are published annually. The other four statistical releases are published quarterly.

All of the statistical releases have been badged as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. For further information on the Code of Practice and National Statistics accreditation, please visit the UK Statistics Authority.

To see when we publish the statistical releases and data tables, please visit our publications schedule.

Please contact us for more information.