Increase in rail travel in West Midlands region

The Office of Rail Regulation recently published the fifth edition of their annual yearbook, containing data on rail usage, rail performance, freight, fares, regional usage profiles, train operating companies and sustainable development.

The National rail trends 2007-2008 yearbook compiles four quarters’ worth of data, some of which is available regionally.

The data on rail use has been incorporated into our updated 2008 State of the Region transport dataset.

The number of journeys in the West Midlands increased by 12.6 points from 2006/06 on the 1996/96 index of 100.  Most of the journeys to/from the West Midlands were to/from London (17.6%).

Nationally, headline findings show that around 1.2 billion passenger journeys were made in 2007–08. This was a 7.1% increase on 2006–07 compared to a 6.3% increase between 2005–06 and 2006–07.

Similarly, total passenger kilometres in 2007–08 were 49 billion, an increase of 6.0% on 2006–07. This compared to an increase of 7.0% between 2005–06 and 2006–07.

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  1. According to a report in today’s Worcester News, rail journeys in and out of Worcester’s Shrub Hill and Foregate Street stations increased by 16.2% in the four year period to 2006/7.

    “In 2002/3 there were 1,605,491 passenger journeys starting or ending at Worcester Shrub Hill or Foregate Street stations. By 2006/7, that figure had increased to 1,866,141 journeys – a rise of 260,650.” Read the full story.

    The Office of Rail Regulation’s National Rail Trends yearbook noted by Naomi in her original post has been updated and re-released to include statistics on journeys to/from/within each county/unitary authority for 2006-07.

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