Railways: Passengers

Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of potential trends in the level of future rail passenger numbers on (a) suburban commuter and (b) intercity routes.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Passenger journeys fell sharply in March, and remained at 5% of last year’s levels for most of April and May. They have since recovered to about 30% of last year’s journey levels for most of August.

Our priority remains the safety of staff and passengers. We work with rail operators to ensure passengers have the confidence to return to the railway, and continue to take all necessary measures to make rail travel safe.

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