Figures issued by the Office of Rail Regulation show passenger numbers pushing ahead despite capacity constraints and in hearty defiance of the recession.
Record growth was achieved last year. According to ORR over 385 million passenger journeys took place on Great Britain’s railways between 1 October and 31 December 2012. This is 14 million more than for the same period last year.
This is also the highest number of franchised passenger journeys in a third quarter since records began. The total number of kilometres travelled by rail passengers in the Q3 period was 14.6 billion kilometres, an increase of 2.8% compared to the same period last year.
Total franchised passenger revenue in Q3 2012-13 reached £1.96 billion, 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 £12.7 million. This is a 16.1% increase compared to the same quarter last year.