RIA responds to ORR figures showing journey growth boost for rail

20 December 2023

New figures from the Office for Rail and Road published yesterday show total of 397 million journeys were made by rail passengers in the Britain in the latest quarter (1 July to 30 September 2023). This number is a 14% increase on the same period in 2022. The analysis also shows a 21% increase in the number of journeys made in comparison to the previous 12 months.

The ORR also found that total passenger revenue was £2.6 billion in the latest quarter, a 10% increase on the same period last year (when adjusted for inflation).

Commenting on the figures, Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, said: “The latest data from the ORR shows further strong passenger and revenue growth, as more and more journeys are being made by rail with each passing month.

“The ongoing return of passengers to the railway highlights the need to focus on building tomorrow’s rail capacity by making investment decisions today. Many in the railway industry supply chain want to now see a long-term plan for rail alongside a clear pipeline of work. Transport Secretary Mark Harper MP promised a Future Procurement document before Christmas – we await the delivery of this seasonal promise!”