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Improved numbers, but rail still paying catchup to pre-pandemic levels

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Journeys have reached 66 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, a new recent high, according to provisional figures from the Department for Transport (DfT).

The thought is that this has been driven by increased leisure travel, including staycations.

It follows statistics from the previous week showing that seaside destination travel had surpassed pre-pandemic levels.

Overall, however, commuting and business journeys are still well below those from before the COVID-19 pandemic, and revenue is at 59 per cent of 2019 levels.

Last month, the rail industry launched a major campaign under the strapline ‘Let’s get back on track’. Rail companies have also worked with government to introduce new Flexi Season tickets to provide value to returning commuters dividing their time between home and the office, although these have been criticised for not showing passengers sufficient savings over the standard fare.

Jacqueline Starr, RDG.

Jacqueline Starr, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “It’s great to see more and more daytrippers and staycationers travelling by train to see the people and places they love as life gets back on track, whether that’s a seaside trip, a night out or a shopping spree.

“These journeys are boosting businesses and high streets that have struggled during the pandemic, helping to build a fair and clean economic recovery from the pandemic.”

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