13 June 2019
Responding to the Office of Rail and Road's latest Passenger Rail Usage statistics, released today, 13 June, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Journeys on the railway are at a record high, showing rail's relevance to communities is growing. But these figures hide important challenges.
"There is a huge regional divide with London and the South East accounting for 70 per cent of all trips. Meanwhile, season ticket sales continue to fall showing the way people travel is changing.
"The Government's rail review must ensure that the economic, social and environmental benefits of rail are felt across the whole country while ticketing reform must ensure there are cheaper, simpler, fairer fares relevant to modern needs."
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Notes to Editors
The ORR's Passenger Rail Usage statistics (2018-19 Q4) can be read online.
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