Rail Partners response to ORR passenger rail usage statistics for Q3

Commenting on ORR’s passenger rail usage statistics for October to December 2023, a spokesperson said:

'Although the latest ORR data shows an increase in passenger numbers, passengers are still not using trains at the levels seen before the pandemic.

'This underlines the urgent need for rail reform to create a new public body to oversee the railways, but also to give operators the commercial freedoms to attract customers back to rail.

'Increasing passenger numbers will grow revenues, reduce taxpayer support, encourage modal shift and help Britain to reach net zero.'

Notes to editors

  • ORR's passenger rail usage statistics are available in full here: https://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/statistics/usage/passenger-rail-usage/