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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 10.0 billion miles by rail in the third quarter of 2014 to 2015 (October to December 2014), an increase of 6.5% when compared to the same quarter in 2013 to 2014. 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

Quarter Quarterly total (billions) Quarterly moving annual average (MAA) (billions)
2012 to 2013 Q1 8.8 8.9
2012 to 2013 Q2 9.2 9.0
2012 to 2013 Q3 9.1 9.0
2012 to 2013 Q4 8.8 9.0
2013 to 2014 Q1 9.2 9.1
2013 to 2014 Q2 9.4 9.1
2013 to 2014 Q3 9.4 9.2
2013 to 2014 Q4 9.2 9.3
2014 to 2015 Q1 9.5 9.3
2014 to 2015 Q2 9.8 9.4
2014 to 2015 Q3P 10.0 9.6

P Figures are provisional

Source: Office of Rail Regulation (ORR)

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Background information

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: 6 March 2015
  • next update: 4 June 2015

Rail passenger kilometres statistics are published on the Office of Rail Regulation Data Portal

Annual passenger kilometres data for rail and other modes of public transport are published in Transport Statistics Great Britain (TSGB)

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