Franchised rail passenger journeys reached a record 429.8m between October and December 2014

5 March 2015

New statistics published today by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) show that the number of passenger journeys on franchised rail services reached a record of 429.8 million between October and December 2014 (Q3, 2014-15).

This is the highest number of journeys recorded in a quarter since data collection began in 2002-03, and a 6.7% increase on the same quarter last year.

ORR's 'Rail Usage Statistics' show the number of journeys made on the network and the distance travelled, providing an indication of the levels of demand for rail travel in Great Britain. The data for 1 October to 31 December 2014 shows there were:

  • 429.8 million franchised passenger journeys, up 6.7% (26,803,842.72) on the same quarter in 2013-14.
  • 299.9 million journeys in the London and South East sector, an 8.0% (22,251,219.56) rise on Q3 last year.
  • 34.8 million passenger journeys in the long distance  sector, up by 5.1%  (1,676,733.87) over same quarter last year.
  • 95.2 million journeys in the regional sector, a 3.1% (2,875,889.29) rise on Q3 last year.
  • 0.52 million passenger journeys in the non-franchised sector, a 17.3% (77,673.10) jump over the same quarter in 2013-14.

To read the full statistical report and methodology visit: http://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/17302/passenger-rail-usage-2014-15-q3.pdf