Since the 1990s, the number of Brits who use the railways has been on the rise. According to recent figures released by the Office of Rail Regulation, the number of train journeys taken in one year is more than double that of 20 years ago.
Figures from the ORR show that there have been 1.27 billion journeys taken across Wales, Scotland and England in the 12 months that ended March 2013. The Rail Delivery Group said that these fantastic numbers show phenomenal growth in the rail industry in general.
The great news for the rail industry does not stop there. These same figures go on to show that rail figures jumped by 3.3 percent from 2012 to 2013. If that is not enough to show the growth of the industry, the 1.27 billion trips that were taken in the year ending March 2013 is being compared to the much lower 589.5 million trips that were taken during the same time during 1995 and 1996.
Of course, it is the rail journeys that have been happening in or around London that have played a huge role in this amazing growth. Figures from the ORR show that there was at least a 6.3 percent increase in rail journeys that took place within the capital. On top of that, there was a 2.8 percent increase in trains arriving and leaving the city.
Scotland has also seen a nice increase in numbers as well: a 2.9 percent increase in rail journeys. Wales saw the least amount of growth but still managed to see an increase of 1.1 percent. In short, it does not matter where in the UK people live, they are taking more rail journeys now than they were two decades ago.
A representative for the Rail Delivery Group says that the industry is focusing on attracting more customers right now. As seen by these numbers, the industry has a good track record when it comes to the number of passengers riding on trains. Of course, the industry is trying to attract more freight as well. Combined with the support of the government, the rail industry is going to continue to generate some very good growth in the future.
Martin Abrams, a member of the Campaign for Better Transport, said that this kind of growth is simply remarkable. The success that the railway industry has had is fantastic for the travel industry as a whole. That being said, this growth has not come without its problems. The whole economy of London depends on trains now. There is an increased anger among commuters about the high price of riding trains so that they can get to work.