Passenger Numbers Up at Cotswold's Railway Stations

Updated: Feb 10



(Kemble Train Station)



Cotswold’s railway stations got busier with more journeys made last year, bolstering hopes passengers will return after the Covid-19 pandemic. Pressure group Railfuture said the impact of current travel restrictions is causing a “temporary blip” in the continued growth in railway usage nationally. Office of Road and Rail data shows an estimated 702,000 passengers using Cotswold's two stations in 2019-20. That's 40,898 more than the previous year, a rise of 6.2%. The busiest station was Kemble with 409,000 entries and exits by passengers, followed by Moreton-In-Marsh, 293,000.

Across the South West, usage of railway stations increased by 343,000 to 78.7 million in 2019-20, while across Britain it fell 1.1 per cent to 3 billion. The ORR has put the national reduction in journeys down to a “dramatic drop” in passengers in March due to Covid-19 restrictions, with lockdown introduced on March 23.

But Railfuture, an independent organisation with 20,000 members, is hopeful the railway system will recover. Bruce Williamson, a spokesman for the group, said: “I am very confident that the railways will bounce back when Covid-19 is over. We can’t ignore the fact the world has changed and people working from home may stay put – but I still feel for the most part, things will return to normal. Considering the underlying trend of increased rail usage over the past 30 years, we have to look at Covid-19 as a temporary blip.”

In Cotswold there were eight passenger journeys for every person living in the area in 2019-20 compared to the national rate of 75.

Jay Symonds, ORR senior statistical analyst, said: “The dramatic drop in passenger numbers towards the end of March due to Covid-19 explains much of the drop in usage compared to last year.” He added: “With numbers staying at historically low levels during 2020, there is no doubt that next year will look a lot different.”

1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Rail Electrification Plan Needed, DfT Told by the PAC

The Department for Transport (DfT) has been told to draw up a rail electrification plan before the end of the year or risk jeopardising the UK’s net zero carbon emission targets. In its Overview of th

MPS PUBLISH SCATHING REPORT ON THE FUTURE OF RAIL

The Department for Transport (DfT) “has neither the necessary urgency nor appreciates the scale of the challenge ahead” about the future of rail, according to a scathing new report published on the 7t