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Long distance rail journey statistics may include local traffic

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At the moment, 35-odd million annual rail trips are made on ‘long distance’ operator Virgin Trains West Coast. But according to the Department for Transport, the biggest (Manchester — London and Birmingham — London) flows are each only around 3 million.

Statistics about individual lower-volume or shorter flows (such as Stoke on Trent to Manchester, or Rhyl to Chester) do not seem to be available, although collectively, their importance must be quite large. During its HS2 enquiry, the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee raised the question of what journeys are classed as long distance.

Tweet from House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee about classification of long distance rail journeys, July 2015

Rail consultant William Barter’s tweet raises a different question: ‘If most current peak trains are ‘not-long-distance’, what would be the released capacity gain from transferring (a handful of) long distance services on the Stockport — Manchester corridor to HS2?’

For Network Rail’s market studies, the long distance passenger sector was defined as ‘the market for rail travel over distances of greater than 50 miles [~80 km], excluding journeys which are predominately for commuting purposes and are made entirely within one of the other Market Study areas’, and ‘the market for rail travel between large towns and cities of at least 30 miles [~48 km] apart, again excluding journeys made entirely within one of the City Regions considered in the other Market Study areas’.

Service group Current trips / annum (million, approx) ?
All GB national rail journeys 1600
All Virgin Trains West Coast journeys (A) 34.5
London – Birmingham* (B) 3
London – Manchester* (C) 3
London – Liverpool* (D) 1.5
Unidentified Virgin Trains West Coast
(A) minus (B) minus (C) minus (D)
(*assuming London Midland, Chiltern market share is zero)

Written by beleben

July 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Hello Beleben, can I ask you your opinion of the proposal by HSUK? A cheaper alternative, better connectivity, fully compatible with the existing network, connecting 55-60 cities etc etc.

    Rolfe Pearce

    July 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm

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