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Rail statistics

Rail statistics information.

Statistical information on the national rail system in Great Britain.

Most statistics about the rail industry are published by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) and other organisations such as the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). Therefore, a number of the statistics that appear in this series are originally published elsewhere. In these cases, more up-to-date and more detailed statistics than those published here may be available from the organisation that produces them.

The Department for Transport publishes the:

  • rail passenger numbers and crowding on weekdays in major cities in England and Wales
  • National Rail Travel Survey (NRTS), a survey of passenger trips on the national rail system in Great Britain that provides information about who uses the rail network, where, when and for what purposes
  • rail usage, infrastructure and performance (originally published by ORR)
  • rail finance (originally published by ORR)
  • rail freight (originally published by ORR)
  • rail accidents and safety (originally published by RSSB)

The department also publishes statistics on public attitudes to train services.

All the statistics discussed on this page refer to national rail only. DfT also produces separate statistics on light rail and trams.

Business Plan Indicator: rail subsidy per passenger mile
Business Plan Indicator: cost of running the rail network
Business Plan Indicator: proportion of trains running on time
Business Plan Indicator: rail passenger miles

External sites

Statistics published by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR)
National Passenger Survey, Passenger Focus
Annual Safety Performance Report, Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB)
Northern Ireland Department for Regional Development transport statistics

Contact us

Rail statistics enquiries

Technical information

Rail statistics guidance

See all statistics published by DfT

National statistics

The rail passenger numbers and crowding statistics published in this series are National Statistics. These statistics were assessed by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) and confirmed as National Statistics in July 2013.

Assessment report
Letter of confirmation

All other statistics published in this series are Official Statistics. The department’s view is that all statistics which are not designated as National Statistics are robust and have been produced to a suitable standard.

Pre-release access list

The post holders given access to the rail passenger numbers and crowding statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the pre-release access list.

Rail statistics pre-release access list.

Publications released during 2014

  1. Rail trends factsheet, Great Britain: 2014

    • Statistics
  2. Rail passenger numbers and crowding on weekdays in major cities in England and Wales: 2013

    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2013

  1. Rail trends factsheet Great Britain: 2013

    • Statistics
  2. Rail passenger numbers and crowding on weekdays in major cities in England and Wales: 2012

    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Rail trends factsheet: Great Britain 2010/11

    • Statistics
  4. Rail trends factsheet: Great Britain 2011/12

    • Statistics
  5. National Rail Travel Survey – Overview report

    • Statistics

Data tables associated with this series

  1. Rail usage, infrastructure and performance (RAI01)

    • Statistical data set
  2. Rail passenger numbers and crowding on weekdays (RAI02)

    • Statistical data set
  3. Rail finance (RAI03)

    • Statistical data set
  4. Rail freight (RAI04)

    • Statistical data set
  5. Rail accidents and safety (RAI05)

    • Statistical data set