RAIL JOURNEYS across the country fell to their lowest levels since the mid-19th century during the peak of the pandemic.
Statistics from the Office of Rail and Road revealed almost 35million journeys took place nationwide between April and June – the first quarter of 2020-21.
That figure, because of the lockdown, school closures and people working from home, was down by more than 400million compared to the same period in 2019.
Similar decreases have been seen in the West Midlands with passenger numbers dropping by 95 per cent at the height of the lockdown.
It peaked around 30 per cent when the schools and universities returned but numbers have fallen again across the region which is currently operating at 23 per cent of the usual passenger numbers for this time of year. Nationally rail travel is 32 per cent of what it usually is at this time.
Total passenger revenue in Great Britain was £184million for the first quarter of 2020-21 – just 6.9 per cent of the £2.7billion generated between April and June 2019.