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Passenger rail use up for first quarter of 2023-24, ORR figures show

A total of 390 million journeys were made by rail passengers in Great Britain in the latest quarter (1 April – 30 June 2023), new figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) show.

This is a 19% increase on the 328 million journeys made in the same quarter the previous year.

Passenger journeys are still less than pre-pandemic levels, at 89% relative to the 437 million in the same quarter four years ago (April to June 2019).

Across a 12-month period, there were 1,447 million journeys in the year to 30 June 2023, a 5% increase on the 1,385 million journeys made in the previous 12 months (April 2022 to March 2023).

You can view the full ORR quarterly statistical release here. Community Rail Network will be looking to analyse the figures to potentially add to our data comparing passenger recovery post-pandemic on a dataset of community rail lines against the overall network.