To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the likely timescale for rail passenger numbers to return to pre covid-19 levels; and what steps he is taking to encourage people to use public transport.
There is a considerable amount of uncertainty about when rail passenger numbers will return to pre covid-19 levels, with some areas already at pre-covid levels, and other areas returning more slowly.
To support commuters return to the railway, we launched flexible season tickets in June 2021. Over 250,000 new flexible season tickets have been sold since launch, offering commuters travelling two to three days a week significant savings.
To help encourage passengers back to the railways, we introduced the Great British Rail Sale, the first ever nationwide rail sale. The Great British Rail Sale helped save families money and connect them with friends and families. Over 1.3 million tickets were sold, offering around £7million worth of savings for passengers.