Stat of the day: 316m

The number of train journeys made in the first three months of 2011.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
If it feels like your train commute has got a little more crowded of late, you’re not wrong: in fact, rail passengers were up 4.8% in the first three months of the year, according to figures from the Association of Train Operating Companies. 

In total, 316m journeys were made between January and March, up from the same time a year ago when Britain suffered an equally icy winter. In the full year to March 2011, 1.34bn rail journeys were made, an increase of more than 6% from the previous year. So why are drivers ditching their car and moving to the tracks? About half of those surveyed by Ipsos MORI for Atoc said the rising price of fuel was to blame. But given that rail fares rose an average of 6.2% at the start of the year, it’s hard on the purse strings either way…

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