The Secretary of State for Transport has not made a recent assessment of trends in the use of coastal rail services. However, the following published statistics may be of interest.
Using ticket sales data, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) estimates the number of passengers travelling to and from each railway station in Great Britain. The latest estimates (for 2018/19) are published, alongside annual estimates since 1997/98, in a statistical publication available from the below link:
The Department for Transport additionally publishes statistics showing rail passenger usage at selected major cities in an annual publication titled ‘Rail passenger numbers and crowding on weekdays in major cities in England and Wales’. Statistics showing usage at Brighton and Liverpool are included in this publication.
The most recent statistical release, covering statistics for autumn 2018 is available from: