Published 10th May 2012
LONDON - Passenger numbers are continuing to rise inexorably according to the latest statistics compiled by by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).
ORR has been compiling records since 1995-6 for rail journeys within Great Britain and the latest data covers 2010-11 and splits travel into the 11 government office regions (GORs).
The latest set of figures show that a total of an estimated 1.16 billion rail journeys were undertaken in the UK – an increase of 8.9% over the previous 12 months. This reversed the slight drop in numbers between 2009-10 and 2008-09 when a 0.6% decrease was recorded.
In 2010-11769.8 million journeys took place within individual GORs (an increase of 10.3% over the previous year with another 393.3 million journeys between GORs up 6.3%. English rail journeys totalled 1.05 billion an increase of 9.4%.
Scottish rail journeys totalled 85.9 million 4.4% more than in 2009-10. Internal Scottish journeys totalled 78.5 million up by 3.7% with 7.4 million rail journeys made between Scotland and other GORs up by 11.7% from 2009-10.
Welsh rail journeys increased by 4.7% to 27.3 million with 18.7 million of these completed within Wales an increase of 3.8% with 8.6 million journeys between Wales and other GORs up by 6.8%.
London was unsurprisingly the largest region for rail travel with 60.7% of all UK rail journeys starting or ending there. There were 706.3 million journeys involving London up by 11.7% with 371.7 million journeys made within London, up a staggering 17.3% over the previous 12 months.
334.5 million journeys were undertaken between London and other GORs up by 6.1% increase on the previous year.
From January 2010 Oystercard data was included so 2010-11 was the first full year that the data was included. If passengers switched from traditional tickets to Oyster before January 2010, these journeys were not included so a strict comparison cannot be made with previous years.
Journeys between England and Wales increased by 6.7% reaching 8.5 million journeys and is the highest number of journeys recorded by ORR.
Journeys between England and Scotland increased by 11.6% between 2010-11 and 2009-10 to 7.4 million journeys, also the highest number of journeys recorded by ORR. The increase was helped by more and quicker trains over the west coast mainline.
A 21.9% increase in journeys between Scotland and Wales was recorded, the highest number for nine years but below the 1995-96 high of 76 million journeys.
The opening of Westfield Shopping Centres in London caused a huge demand and Milton Keynes had the largest percentage increase of all unitary authorities or districts with journeys increasing by 12.8%. compared to 2009-10. In the northeast, Hartlepool and Stockton recorded similar large increases in traffic.