Commuter train rides at 45% of pre-virus levels


Commuter journeys on UK railways remain at less than half of pre-pandemic levels, new figures show.

The industry body, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), said the number of train trips made by people on their way to work or back in mid-October was only 45% of that. than it was before the coronavirus crisis.

This is an increase from 33% at the end of August, but highlights the difficulty that downtown businesses face in attracting customers as many people continue to work from home.

London has seen the slowest recovery in commuting, with demand at just 41% of pre-virus levels, compared to 54% in the rest of Britain.

Meanwhile, leisure travel is about 90% of what it was before the pandemic.

They represent 55% of all rail trips, compared to 33% in autumn 2019.

The rail industry is running a marketing campaign with the slogan “Let’s get back on track” to encourage more people to travel by train.

It aims to create a “sustainable and more passenger-oriented future” for railways, especially in the commuter market.

The RDG said operators continue to improve train cleaning and provide information to help passengers avoid the busiest periods for travel.

He added that four out of five cars on the railroads have systems that refresh the air every six to nine seconds.

RDG Managing Director Andy Bagnall said: “Rail connects people to jobs and opportunities, helps fight traffic congestion and makes cities air cleaner than other forms of transportation, so we are looking forward to welcoming more people on board.

“Railways are working hard to meet the changing needs of our passengers, including new flexi seasonal passes to give commuters more choice, while continuing to prioritize ventilation and extra cleaning, as as the Britain is recovering, every passenger takes more than one trip. “

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