HomeNewsStation retail sales increase while high streets struggle

Station retail sales increase while high streets struggle


As retail sales on the high street continue to fall due to the increasing popularity of online shopping, railway station retailers are continuing to buck the trend.

Network Rail reported a 4.48 per cent increase in sales over the last three months of 2019, up to £228 million.

Food and drink categories led the way with passengers’ appetites for places to meet, eat, shop and travel continuing to grow. Retailers in bakery (+7.2%), fast food (+7.1%), grocery (+6.4%), news, books and confectionary (+5.8%) and pubs and bars (+5.3%) performed particularly well.

Brands in the home and lifestyle categories also saw strong growth (+5.9%), with the festive season driving convenience as passengers bought gifts on their travels.

London Bridge (+48.2%) showed the highest total sales growth in the UK, although this came from a low starting point as the station is newly rebuilt, with Network Rail making a significant investment in retail, particularly the introduction of new dining outlets and a premium bar.

Sales figures between 1 October and 31 December also show growth of 4.2 per cent in like-for-like sales despite a difficult wider trading environment, with high-street sales falling by 0.9 per cent in the same period.

David Biggs, Network Rail.

Network Rail Property managing director David Biggs said: “We know that passengers want convenience and choice, and today’s results show that our strategy is delivering just that. As our retail offer evolves, stations are becoming much more than just transport hubs – they’re now destinations in their own right.”

The positive Q3 sales figures round off a strong year for station retail, which recorded over £215 million in sales across all 20 Network Rail-managed stations in Q2 and over £211 million in Q1.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Boost for regional transport in upcoming budget

It looks likely that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce a £5.7 billion investment into sustainable transport settlements for city regions in his Autumn Budget...

TSSA members vote to accept ScotRail pay offer

The TSSA has called off its dispute with ScotRail, with its members having voted to accept a new pay offer. The TSSA says the offer...

Passengers give rail a thumbs up in latest survey

Nearly ninety per cent of rail passengers said they were satisfied with their last journey, according to a new survey by watchdog Transport Focus. The...
- Advertisement -

More news

Rail museum holds consultation on major plans

The National Railway Museum will house a consultation on plans for a new Central Hall as part of its vision as the cultural heart...

TfL bodycam video results in assault conviction

Uxbridge Magistrates have sentenced a woman to a 12-month community order and 35 rehabilitation activity requirement days following a physical assault on two Transport...

Portishead line reopening delayed

A decision as to whether the Portishead line will return to life has been delayed by the government. North Somerset District Council had applied for...