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GB passenger rail usage in the regions

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The latest Office of Rail Regulation (ORR)’s ‘Regional Usage Profiles’ statistical release (24 April 2014) showed that in 2012-13 the total number of ‘National Rail’ passenger journeys across England, Scotland and Wales increased by 3.3% to 1.27 billion. The lower journey numbers in the Regional Usage metric arise from the origin and destination named on each ticket being recorded as one journey instance and so do not take into account any changes of train (whereas Passenger Rail Usage statistics are based on counting each leg of the journey).

GB rail Regional Usage Profiles 2012-2013 (Office of Rail Regulation)

GB rail Regional Usage Profiles 2012-2013 (Office of Rail Regulation)

As can be seen,

  • National Rail usage in London is more than ten times that of the West Midlands region
  • growth in North West England was negative
  • outside of the capital, the greatest growth was in the East of England.

Merseyrail accounts for more than a third of rail journeys in the North West, so the general use of rail across Northern England is very low. East to west links in the North and Midlands are poor, and because of the HS2 funding misallocation, largely set to remain that way.

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Written by beleben

April 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

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