UK rail passenger numbers hit post-pandemic high
Rail passenger numbers in the UK were at 95 percent of pre-corona levels earlier this month, the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has said. Passenger levels were consistently above 93 percent of pre-COVID levels in during the first few days of August.
RIA labelled hitting 95 percent as something “astonishing”, as it happened during the summer holiday period when many regular passengers are on holiday. The past month was also marred by industry action.
“This welcome milestone has been hit less than six months since pandemic restrictions started being relaxed, and is a clear vote of confidence in UK Rail”, the association said, adding that it might only be “a matter of time” before rail passenger number make a full recovery.
RIA urges the UK government to up its investments in rail, so that the sector can make the required growth in capacity in the coming years.