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Demand for fare deals helps to fuel continued rail passenger growth

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Rail Delivery Group

Demand for fare deals helps to fuel continued rail passenger growth

9 February 2016
source Rail Delivery Group
type Press release

Savvy travellers who plan their trips and book ahead on trains at quieter times are contributing to record numbers of rail passengers.

Rail journeys across Britain rose by almost four per cent to nearly 1.7billion in total in the last year.*

The growth in train travel included a ten per cent rise in the number of journeys made on Super Off-Peak tickets - cheaper fares on trains at less busy times which can be booked up to three months in advance of travel as well as being available right up to the evening before departure.

Sales of Anytime tickets were up ten per cent too as passenger revenue rose by six per cent to £9.4billion thanks to the growth in journeys, generating more money which helps to sustain investment in better rail services.

Figures from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents train operators and Network Rail, show that between January 2015 and January 2016:

o There were 62million more journeys made than the previous year – a 3.8 per cent rise to 1.7billion, more than 4.6million a day on average;
o Journey growth in the last 12 months was greatest in London and the South East, up 4.3 per cent to almost 1.2bllion, while long-distance routes saw a 3.6 per cent increase to o 140million journeys and regional routes 2.5 per cent more passenger journeys (384million).
o Sales of Super Off-Peak tickets were up ten per cent, with five per cent more Off-Peak and Advance tickets sold as passengers continue to take advantage of cheaper fares.
o First Class Super Off-Peak and Off-Peak sales were up by seven per cent and 15 per cent respectively.

Paul Plummer, RDG Chief Executive, said:

“Britain’s railway is an amazing success story and is becoming ever more important to the economy and peoples’ daily lives. Millions of people rely on rail every day as train operators and Network Rail continue to work hard to give passengers good value fares and better services.

“Rail journeys have more than doubled in the last 20 years and money from fares now virtually covers the day-to-day cost of running the railway, helping to sustain one of the biggest investment programmes in its history. Billions are being spent on new trains, better stations and improved journeys as we build a successful railway for a successful Britain.”


Notes to editors

*Figures cover the period 4 Jan 2015 to 9 Jan 2016 and are taken from the rail industry’s central ticketing system, LENNON, which records 98 per cent of all train journeys.




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Figures published by the independent rail regulator show that the number of rail journeys across Britain has doubled in 20 years.

On average, 97p in every £1 of every fare goes back into running and maintaining the railway. More information is here.

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