Quarterly data on rail passenger miles.
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Geographical coverage: Great Britain
Information broken down by: Rail sector ## Latest data
Passengers travelled 9.4 billion miles by rail in the third quarter of 2013/14 (October to December 2013), an increase of 3 per cent when compared to the same quarter in 2012/13. 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 ten 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
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P Figures are provisional
Source: Office of Rail Regulation (ORR)
Rail passenger kilometres totals are published quarterly by the Office of Rail Regulation (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: 20 January 2014
- next update: 22 May 2014
Other related data and information
Annual passenger kilometres data for rail and other modes of public transport are published in Transport Statistics Great Britain (TSGB)