Passenger numbers reach record levels

The number of passenger journeys is the highest ever according to the latest ORR statistical release. The figures also show passenger kilometres at record levels  have more than doubled since the series began in 1986-87.

UK passenger kilometres grew 48.8% since 2004, much higher than the EU 17.5% average for this period. Only Luxembourg turned in a better result, though in absolute terms the traffic for that country is fairly small.

Over the last five years passenger journey numbers increased 15.6% to 1,689.3 million, and passenger kilometres increased 12.8% to 64.4 billion.

Tables one and two below give the breakdown for passenger journeys and passenger kilometres for the last five years by train operator.

Most TOCs reported increases over this time: The sharp drop in Greater Anglia traffic is due to the transfer of some Liverpool Street inner suburban services to TfL Rail and London Overground in May 2015 (which in turn inflated figures for the latter operator); otherwise, all TOCs carried more passengers, except Merseyrail which remained stagnant.

The Caledonian Sleeper was hived off from the ScotRail franchise in March 2015, and the GTR results include the former Southern and First Capital Connect (Thameslink) franchises, which were combined in July 2015. Some Southeastern services were transferred to GTR in December 2014.

TABLE 1: Passenger Journey numbers (millions)   
2011-12

(a)

2012-13

(b)

2013-14

(c)

2014-15

(d)

2015-16

(e)

% change: (e) over (a)             Train Operating Company
Franchised operators
28.4 29.0 29.9 30.8 31.5 10.9 Arriva Trains Wales
36.4 37.4 38.8 40.8 43.4 19.2 C2C

 

0.0 0.3 n/a Caledonian Sleeper
19.7 21.4 22.8 23.6 24.5 24.4 Chiltern
33.0 33.4 34.2 35.4 37.2 12.7 Cross Country
23.9 24.1 24.1 25.5 26.1 9.2 East Midland Trains
24.8 24.9 26.1 28.6 29.4 18.5 First TransPennine Express
273.9 277.7 299.7 312.4 327.0 19.4 Govia Thameslink Railway
95.6 97.3 99.7 103.7 103.9 8.7 Great Western Railway
122.8 126.4 135.2 143.4 91.7 -25.3 Greater Anglia
59.5 60.5 64.0 65.3 69.6 17.0 London Midland
102.6 124.6 135.7 140.1 154.8 50.9 London Overground
43.5 41.7 42.7 44.3 43.4 -0.2 Merseyrail
91.5 89.8 94.0 96.4 97.4 6.4 Northern Rail
81.1 83.3 86.3 92.7 93.2 14.9 ScotRail
208.8 210.8 222.8 229.9 237.6 13.8 South West Trains
165.5 169.3 178.6 185.8 181.7 9.8 Southeastern
: : : : 37.5 n/a TfL Rail
18.9 19.0 19.9 20.7 21.1 11.6 Virgin Trains East Coast
30.2 30.4 31.9 34.5 35.7 18.2 Virgin Trains West Coast
1,460.0 1,500.9 1,586.5 1,653.7 1,686.9 15.5 Sub Total
Non Franchised operators
0.8 1.0 1.1 1.3 1.4 75.0 Grand Central
0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.9 28.6 Hull Trains
1.5 1.7 1.9 2.1 2.3           53.3 Sub Total
1,461.5 1,502.6 1,588.3 1,655.8 1,689.3             15.6 Grand Total

 

 

TABLE 2: Passenger Kilometres (billions)
Franchised Operators
2011-12(a)     2012-13(b)    2013-14(c) 2014-15(d) 2015-16(e) % change: (e) over (a) Train Operating Company
1.1 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 9.1 Arriva Trains Wales
1.0 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.1 10.0 C2C
0.0 0.2 n/a Caledonian Sleeper
1.0 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.3 30.0 Chiltern
3.3 3.3 3.2 3.4 3.5 6.1 Cross Country
2.2 2.3 2.2 2.4 2.4 9.1 East Midlands Trains
1.6 1.6 1.7 1.9 2.0 25.0 First TransPennine  Express
7.9 8.0 8.4 8.7 8.9 12.7 Govia Thameslink Railway
5.8 5.9 5.8 5.9 6.0 3.4 Great Western Railway
4.0 4.1 4.4 4.5 3.9 -2.5 Greater Anglia
2.1 2.2 2.4 2.4 2.6 23.8 London Midland
0.6 0.8 0.8 0.9 1.0 66.7 London Overground
0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 16.7 Merseyrail
2.1 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.3 9.5 Northern Rail
2.7 2.7 2.8 3.0 2.9 7.4 ScotRail
5.7 5.8 6.0 6.2 6.4 12.3 South West  Trains
4.1 4.2 4.3 4.5 4.5 9.8 Southeastern
: : : : 0.5 n/a Tfl Rail
4.9 4.9 5.1 5.3 5.4 10.2 Virgin Trains East Coast
5.9 6.0 6.2 6.9 7.1 20.3 Virgin Trains West Coast
56.7 57.8 59.7 62.4 63.8 12.5 Sub Total
Non-Franchised Operators
0.2 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 100 Grand Central
0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0 Hull Trains
0.4 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.6 50 Sub Total
57.1 58.2 60.2 62.9 64.4 12.8 Grand Total

 

http://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/22056/passenger-rail-usage-2015-16-q4.pdf

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