The downsizing of the British rail passenger questioned the viability of the franchise

The number of passenger rail services in Britain fell last year to 1.7 billion, the largest decrease since privatization in the 1990-ies, casting fresh doubt on the expediency of fighting franchises.

According to the data published by the office for rail and road transport use decreased by 1.4% in the 2017-18 financial year, the first annual decline since 2009-10 and the highest since 1993-4.

Season ticket sales fell by 9.2%, suggesting that the passengers have no place the same faith in the rail network, when rates inevitably grows and suffers from impacts and crowding.

Rates rose 2.3% in 2017 and another 3.4%, the highest in five years in January, which meant that overall the company continues to grow, operators – although only 2.3%, the lowest in the industry since 2000-01.

Railway passenger transport

Railway passenger transport

The reduction in consumption of the train was expressed in the first three months of 2018, with fewer trips 9M from January to March this year than during the same period in 2017. South-Western railway showed lowest ever recorded figure for the period by 7% compared to last year the drop is partially attributed to industrial action and adverse weather conditions in February, when the so-called beast from the East swept across the UK.

The numbers may mean more gloomy news for the struggling first group, who admitted last month that he will lose $ 106 million for the TransPennine Express franchise due to stagnation in the number of passengers. He won last year in South West franchise with a £2.6 billion offer ex-boss Tim O’toole said was “disciplined”, with items that reduced the risk needs of the UK and regional economy has stalled after the British exit from the EU.

In the past month for the first time broke up with O’toole, but he said southwest has remained profitable, despite the “challenges.” However, the operators typically Deposit a high payout government in recent years of the franchise.

The press Secretary first said that she had won the franchise, with an emphasis on quality, new trains and new abilities, and his offer was not the highest in monetary terms.

Concerns about high franchise, virgin trains East coast because of the cease operating on June 23, after the owners of Stagecoach and Virgin Group sir Richard Branson is not able to perform their promised £3.3 billion payments with ridership below projections.

The franchise of the East coast will be commissioned in the public sector, and the latest figures will increase speculation that may not more of the franchise. Questions were raised of deputies over whether to overpay for Abellio greater Anglia, which suffered a 2% drop in passengers in the last quarter, or Arriva in the North, where the number of customers fell by 9% in the attack-hit period.

An industry source said, “there were four or five contracts of commercial concession, which relied on massive growth … instead of which we are seeing their decline. There are structural problems that could dwarf the issues associated with the timing because it got more widespread.”

Said, the labor of the passengers were at a price from the railroad. In sshadow Minister of transport, Andy McDonald, said: “fares are rising three times faster than average wages since 2010, and serious failures in the network, it is not surprising that we are seeing the largest decline of passenger traffic in 25 years.

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“It’s not only worsens congestion and air pollution and contributes to climate change, it also threatens the sustainability of the Railways [and] increases the likelihood of further investments, the taxpayers ‘ money.”

The rail industry insisted that the fall was an accident. Paul Plummer, Executive Director of the rail delivery group, which represents train operators and network rail, said: “there are more than 1.7 billion rail journeys every year and, despite some slowdown, growth is expected not to hit the brakes in the long run.

“While technology may mean fewer people go to work every day, who train in our major cities will know that the investment for running the trains must”.