ORR reports highest number of franchised passenger journeys in a third quarter
Rail usage statistics published by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) on 14 March show that over 385 million passenger journeys took place on Great Britain’s railways in the third quarter of 2012-13 (1 October to 31 December 2012) – 14 million more than the same period the previous year. This is also the highest number of franchised passenger journeys in a third quarter since records began.
There were 262.0 million journeys on London and South East services, a 5.1% increase. There were 32.6 million journeys on long distance services, a 1.8% increase. For regional services, there were 90.4 million journeys, a 1.1% increase.
The total number of kilometres travelled by rail passengers in the quarter was 14.6 billion kilometres, an increase of 2.8%.
Total franchised passenger revenue in the third quarter of 2012-13 reached £1.96billion, an 8.3% increase compared with the same period the previous year. This is the highest recorded level of revenue generated within any quarter, said ORR. Non-franchised passenger revenue rose to a record high of £12.7million, a 16.1% increase.