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 2: Passenger Kilometres (billions)|
|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|
|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|
|5.7||5.8||6.0||6.2||6.4||12.3||South West Trains|
|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|