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Rail Partners responds to ORR's estimates of station usage statistics

24 November 2022

In response to ORR’s estimates of station usage data, Rail Partners' chief executive, Andy Bagnall, said:

‘While it is good to see customers are returning to the railway, today’s station usage statistics underline the challenge the industry faces to attract customers back to the railway in greater numbers, and secure for Britain the environmental and economic benefits a thriving railway supports.

‘We need reform to secure the railway’s future, and that means ensuring operators have the flexibility and freedoms to use their commercial acumen to make rail an attractive and reliable choice for customers, right across the country.’

Notes to editors

Rail Partners exists to make the railway better by harnessing the expertise and creativity of private sector operators for the benefit of those who use the railway, passengers and freight customers, and those who pay for it, including taxpayers. 

Rail Partners provides advocacy and policy solutions for its private sector passenger owning Group and freight company members. Rail Partners additionally provides technical services to train operating companies in both the public and private sectors. For more information regarding our membership visit

A full list of our owning group and freight operating members can be found here

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