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Rail journeys fall to July levels following rise of Omicron variant

New figures show fewer people are travelling by train following the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Leeds railway station

Rail Delivery Group comment on the Integrated Rail Plan

Earlier today, the Department for Transport published the Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands.

Manchester Piccadilly railway station

Rail companies encourage jobseekers to take advantage of 50% off train travel

  • The rail industry is encouraging jobseekers across Britain to boost their job searches by applying for the free Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card
  • Take-up has dropped by over a third since the start of the pandemic
  • Over 62% of journeys using the card are taken in London and the South East – suggesting the rest of the country is missing out
  • With job vacancies hitting a record high of 1.17m, the jobs market is showing rapid signs of recovery, with employment on the rise and thousands of opportunities opening up across the country meaning millions more could benefit from rail savings

Squeezing out the private sector in rail could lead to funding black hole and missed opportunities for innovation

  • Ahead of a market engagement exercise today and as government looks to repair public sector finances, transport operators are wary that blunting private sector input could see taxpayers footing ‘significantly more’ of the bill to fund the railway
  • While welcoming the set-up of GBR, operators warn against imposing a contractual straitjacket that could stifle innovation for passengers and slow down Britain’s recovery
  • Rail companies ask for the ability to flexibly respond to the needs of passengers and have greater freedom to encourage people back to train travel
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Rail industry welcomes travellers to Glasgow and COP26 with clear environmental message: We Mean Green

Delegates attending COP26 and passengers travelling through Glasgow Central railway station will be welcomed by a campaign highlighting rail’s green credentials. 

Rail Delivery Group

Rail journey trends show leisure journeys nearly back on track but slower return of workers puts city centre recovery at risk

  • Analysis of rail industry journey figures show a 26% increase in train journeys since the end of the summer holidays, with leisure journeys at around 90% of pre-pandemic levels
  • A slower increase in commuter journeys, currently at 45% of pre-pandemic levels, is putting the recovery of city centre businesses at risk
  • Overall, since the start of September, leisure journeys now account for 55% of all train journeys compared to 33% pre-pandemic.
Liverpool Street railway station

Rail industry reaction to the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021

Rail Delivery Group reaction to the Budget and Spending Review.

London Kings Cross station concourse

£2.3bn cost of ‘London lag’ in commuting puts future of capital’s shops, restaurants and bars at risk

  • Commuters into London are slower to get back to the office, with only 41% of pre-pandemic train commuters returning, compared to 54% outside the capital
  • New analysis shows this shortfall means London’s leisure sector would lose out on an estimated £2.3bn of train passenger spending per year on things like food and drink, shopping and entertainment
  • Encouraging people back onto trains for their commute is vital to help avoid shut up shops, restaurants and bars on London high streets