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Rail passenger miles

Quarterly data on rail passenger miles.

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Passenger miles: quarterly data

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Measurement template: rail passenger miles

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DfT Business plan other key data

Geographical coverage: Great Britain

Information broken down by: rail sector

Latest data

  • passengers travelled 9.6 billion miles by rail in the fourth quarter of 2014/15 (January to March 2015), an increase of 4.2% when compared to the same quarter in 2013/14 - these figures are for franchised operators only, so exclude travel with non-franchised operators, such as Grand Central, Heathrow Express and Hull Trains
  • over the last 10 years, other than a slight dip in 2009 during the recession, passenger rail usage has increased significantly, continuing the upward trend that has been seen since the mid-1990s

Passenger miles travelled with franchised rail operators

Quarter Quarterly total (billions) Quarterly moving annual average (MAA) (billions)
2012/13 Q1 8.8 8.9
2012/13 Q2 9.2 9.0
2012/13 Q3 9.1 9.0
2012/13 Q4 8.8 9.0
2013/14 Q1 9.2 9.1
2013/14 Q2 9.4 9.1
2013/14 Q3 9.4 9.2
2013/14 Q4 9.2 9.3
2014/15 Q1 9.5 9.3
2014/15 Q2 9.8 9.4
2014/15 Q3R 10.0 9.6
2014/15 Q4P 9.6 9.7

P Figures are provisional R Figures are revised

Source: Office of Rail and Road (ORR)

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Background information

Rail passenger kilometres totals are published quarterly by ORR. The rail industry’s central ticketing system, LENNON, is the basis for passenger kilometres data. LENNON holds information on the vast majority of national rail tickets purchased in Great Britain and is used to allocate the revenue from ticket sales between train operating companies.

ORR also receives quarterly non-LENNON kilometres data from train operators. Non-LENNON data are information not recorded within the LENNON system such as operator specific tickets and Passenger Transport Executive (PTE) multi-modal tickets.

The statistics are converted from kilometres to miles by DfT for the purposes of this publication.

The data supplied in the table and the charts refer to financial rather than calendar years.

  • publishing schedule: quarterly
  • last updated: 4 June 2015
  • next update: 1 October 2015

Further information