The number of rail journeys taken in a single year has more than doubled since the 1990s, new figures show. In total, 1.27 billion trips were made across England, Scotland and Wales in the 12 months leading up to March 2013, the Office of Rail Regulation said. That figure increased 3.3% between 2012 and 2013 and compares to 589.5 million journeys in 1995/96. Rail Delivery Group said the figures showed the industry generated “phenomenal growth”.
Mick Cash, acting general secretary of the RMT transport union said: “While passenger numbers on Britain’s railways continue to surge, the capacity required to meet that demand has failed to keep up, leaving many services bursting at the seams with in some cases passengers left stranded because there simply isn’t enough room on board.”