Rail has seen very strong growth in the last ten years though the last two years have seen some softening of demand in London and the South East.
Rail patronage by sector
Rail has seen very strong growth over the last ten years though the recent softening of demand in London and the South East has led to a slight decrease in the national figure for 2017/18 of 1.71 billion passengers.
Rail patronage by train operating company (TOC)
There were 1.71 billion journeys made by rail in 2017/18. Over the past year there has been mixed fortunes, with some operating companies seeing patronage decline whilst others have continued to see growth
Total station entry and exit figure by Metropolitan area
Metropolitan areas have seen strong growth in recent years particularly in Merseyside and the West Midlands.
Train kilometres travelled (millions) by TOC
There were 520 million train kilometres in 2017/18, a slight increase on the previous year.
Passenger kilometres travelled (millions) by TOC
There were 65.2 billion passenger kilometres in 2017/18.
Passengers In Excess of Capacity
On average, there are 4.5% of passengers over capacity in the AM peak travelling into English cities. The problem is worst in London and Birmingham.