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Double-digit growth in rail journey’s

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Figures released by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) show Sheffield is among fourteen cities in Britain that recorded double-digit growth in rail journeys over the last five years. The city recorded a 21% rise in passenger rail journeys over the last five full calendar years (2008 2012).

Demand for national first class rail travel hit a 10 year high despite tough economic times as first class rail journeys rose to 11.0 million in 2012 from 6.7 million in 2003. While first class travel has grown slower over the last five years than the same period previously, 2012 recorded the biggest jump since 2008 and the third largest annual increase in the past decade.

According to the latest national figures, over 1.44 billion journeys were made by train last year. After years of declining use, rail travel has grown almost every year since the 1990s, making it more popular now than at any time since the 1920s. The last time train travel was this popular the rail network was around twice the size.

Significant investment and an industry focused on attracting more passengers have turned around decades of decline to deliver better stations, more trains and faster services. Last year’s long-awaited go ahead for the electrification of the Midland Mainline route from Sheffield to London will mean newer, faster and more frequent services from 2019.

Meg commented:

“A rise of 21% over five years in passenger rail use for Sheffield is good news. Using the rail network rather than the car means a reduction in carbon emissions, which is great for the environment.

As a regular user myself I can confirm that the service offered has progressively got better and if you can book your tickets early it’s not too expensive.”

For details visit: http://www.atoc.org/

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