The latest Passenger Rail Usage statistics, released by rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road, show that 182 million rail journeys were made between April and June 2021 (Q1 2021/22).
This is more than double the previous quarter (Q4 2020/21) of 80 million journeys, and more than five times the 35 million journeys made in April to June 2020 (Q1 2020/21) at the height of the first COVID-19 lockdown.
Rail journeys have continued to increase over the summer and into the autumn and are currently around 65 per cent of pre-COVID levels, according to weekly data on journeys across transport modes published by the Department for Transport.
Andy Bagnall, director general of the Rail Delivery Group, commented on the figures: “Rail companies are working together to welcome people back to train travel, whether to visit friends or family or head into the workplace.
“This growth in journeys is supporting the nation’s economic recovery because, when people take the train, it’s more than a journey. Train travel boosts communities and local businesses as rail passengers spend £133 billion a year in places like shops, restaurants and hotels before the pandemic.”