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“Thanks A 1,007,723,920” - ATOC confirms highest number of rail passenger journeys

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“Thanks A 1,007,723,920” - ATOC confirms highest number of rail passenger journeys

12 January 2004
source ATOC
type Press release

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), today confirmed its recent forecast that more than one billion passenger journeys would be made on Britain’s railway last year – the actual figure was 1,007,723,920 - the highest level since 1961.

Passenger kilometres travelled, at 40.1 billion, were also more than in any year since 1947 and represented an increase of nearly 40% since 1994/5.
ATOC’s own statistics show that the level of passenger journeys is rising by 3% a year confirming that Britain has one of Europe’s fastest growing railways.

A poster campaign to say: "Thanks a billion!" to passengers for their custom in 2003 was launched after Christmas at stations around the country. (A .pdf file is available on request).

George Muir, Director General of the Association of Train Operating Companies said: "This is an exciting achievement. Britain now has more train services than ever, more modern stations and a new multi-million pound Train Protection Warning System now fully installed. This demonstrates that Britain’s railways are changing for the better and in turn attracting new passengers".


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About ATOC
The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) is the official voice for the passenger rail industry – representing train companies to the government and other opinion formers on transport policy issues. Britain’s train operators are working together to change rail travel for the better.
ATOC manages many joint activities for train operators including revenue allocation and settlement, impartial retailing, the National Rail Enquiry Service (NRES), Railcard marketing, staff travel arrangements, international products and travel agent licensing.

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