Return to rail accelerating 

10 November 2023

New figures from Hull Trains published today show a very strong recovery in journey levels, with more people now travelling with the operator than before the pandemic. 

The latest Passenger rail usage report by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) published yesterday highlighted that journey levels on Hull Trains services are 28% higher than the same quarter in 2019 before the pandemic.

Commenting on the figures Justin Moss, RIA North Chair said: ‘These impressive numbers exceeding pre-pandemic rail usage on the service show very strong passenger demand. That’s why the Government and stakeholders across the north need to be supporting the rail industry now to ensure capacity to meet future demand. Growth in the decades ahead can only be achieved with a long-term plan for rail with a clear and visible pipeline of investment for suppliers.’

Notes to Editors
  1. You can read the latest ORR statistics on passenger rail use here . 
  2. About RIA North: RIA North is the voice of the rail supply community in the North of England, representing RIA members across the region. Rail in the North supports £7.7bn in economic growth (GVA), 154,000 jobs and £2.5bn in tax revenue and is an essential industry in delivering the Government's build back better, decarbonisation and levelling-up agendas.
  3. Image credit: Hull Trains