Passenger numbers hit 90% milestone

The recovery in passenger numbers on the railway continues, with the Railway Industry Association hailing them reaching 90% of pre-pandemic levels on 19 May, and hitting a high of 92% over the following three days.

In the week beginning 16 May, every day saw passenger numbers at between 86% and 92% of pre-Covid levels.

RIA Chief Executive Darren Caplan said that commuters were increasingly returning to rail, and on Mondays and Fridays which have recently been less popular.

‘RIA continues to ask Government and the new Great British Railways not to base the 30-year strategy it is planning on the last two years. If the industry and decision makers work closely together to continue attracting passengers back, the future for rail really can be bright in the years ahead,’ he said.