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Regional rail usage

Due to an issue identified in the source data used to produce Regional rail usage statistics for 2018-19, we believe that published usage figures for within and to/from Wales in 2018-19 are overstated. We expect to produce revised statistics for this publication shortly. In the meantime, please do not use 2018-19 Regional rail usage statistics for usage within and to/from Wales. If you have any questions or would like any support using and interpreting our statistics please contact rail.stats@orr.gov.uk.

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Annual statistics providing passenger journeys data for each Region of Great Britain, including journeys between Regions, within Regions and between England, Scotland and Wales. These estimates are collated by Steer on behalf of ORR.

For details on how these statistics are compiled, please see our Regional rail usage methodology and quality report and for information on any revisions, please see our Revisions Log.

Data and reports that include previous statistical releases on Regional rail usage can be found on the National Archives.

If you have any questions or feedback on these statistics, please contact rail.stats@orr.gov.uk


Regional usage summary                                                                                    Regional usage profilesRegional usage summary 2018-19                                                                                                     Regional usage profiles 2018-19


Latest statistical release

Regional rail usage 2018-19
Regional rail usage 2018-19

Date published: 31 Mar 2020
Date next published: TBC

Key results

  • Rail passenger journeys in Great Britain increased by 3.1% in 2018-19 compared to 2017-18.
  • Wales (up 8.0%) and West Midlands (up 6.3%) recorded the largest increases while Yorkshire and the Humber (down 0.6%) recorded the only fall in 2018-19.
  • Journeys to/from other regions increased by 3.0%. The number of journeys increased for all regions. The highest growth rate was for journeys to/from the West Midlands, with an increase of 3.7% and the lowest growth rate was for journeys to/from Wales (up 0.2%).
  • Journeys within regions increased by 3.2%. Wales recorded the largest increase this year with growth of 11.5%. Three regions experienced a decrease in journeys within their boundaries in 2018-19.