April 27th 2012The number of rail passenger journeys across Great Britain has reached ‘record levels' according to new statistics published by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).
The 2010-11 figures show that 1.16 bn rail journeys took place in Great Britain - up 8.9% from 2009-10.
The total number of rail journeys for England was 1.05 bn - up 9.4% on 2009-10.
The total number of rail journeys for Scotland was 85.9 million - up 4.4% on 2009-10. In Wales, rail journeys rose to 27.3 million - up 4.7% from 2009-10.
London had more rail journeys than any other government region and 60.7% of all rail journeys in Great Britain started and/or ended in London. There were 706.3 million journeys involving London, an 11.7% increase on the previous year.
In response to the record rail figures, Edward Welsh, a spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said:
"Rail travel is more popular now than at any time since the 1920s. Despite difficult financial times for many people, train companies are attracting more and more passengers with better services and a range of good value tickets.
"More people travelling by train is good news for the economy, our rail industry and the environment."