NI Rail Use Increases

Northern Ireland's railway service has seen a 9% increase in usage during the second quarter of 2013.

The latest edition of the Northern Ireland Road and Rail Transport Statistics has been published today.

The report found that the weekly average rail passenger journeys in April to June 2013 increased by 9% from 0.22m to 0.24m, when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2012.

During the same time period, weekly average rail passenger receipts increased by 13% from £0.67m to £0.76m.
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The report also recorded a weekly average of 1.38m public bus passenger journeys made during the April to June 2013 quarter, indicating an increase of 1% from 1.37m in the corresponding quarter of 2012.

During the same time period, weekly average bus passenger receipts increased by 1% from £2.44m to £2.46m.

However, compared to the same quarter five years ago, average weekly bus passenger journeys have decreased by 6% ( from 1.47m in April-June 2008 to 1.38m in April-June 2013).

Over the same time period, average weekly rail passenger journeys have increased by 20% (from 0.2m in April-June 2008 to 0.24m in April-June 2013).

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