The Office of Rail Regulation has revealed passenger numbers for the year up until March 2012, and they read a healthy growth at almost every level of the network. Passenger numbers for the 17 Network Rail-owned stations, of which all but six are London termini, are up by almost 5%, and every single train operating company using London has had an increase in passenger numbers:
What interests us the most is the massive growth in passengers of London Overground:
Heavy investment in London railways will deliver overwhelming untapped demand, it appears, and these statistics don’t even cover the last twelve months when the orbital extension opened. We’re promised longer Overground trains as passenger numbers balloon, and it’s led Boris to want to extend TfL reach into Southeastern’s Kent commuter belt.
Crossrail 2 fans should take heart from this affirmation that growing London’s transport infrastructure looks like it will find a willing – and paying – audience.
I’ll leave you with the Guardian’s pretty amazing map of every train station in the country’s passenger number change. We counted that only 17 of London’s 366 railway stations lost passengers, including Finsbury Park – which lost a whopping 12% of their passengers – Elephant & Castle and Cannon Street.