The ORR published the station usage figures for the 12 months ending November 2017. We await the figures for November 2018, which may reflect lower number of journeys due to strikes, Network Rail issues, (eg track failures etc) , poor rolling stock availability – we shall see.
The annual increase in rail usage continued during 2017, along the Salisbury to Exeter line – up approximately 4.3% over 2016- despite some passengers deserting rail in favour of cars because the station car parks are often full. Cranbrook showed a huge 340% increase, but with a few deserting Feniton, Whimple and Pinhoe. Cranbrook as anew town is not yet built out (about 30% only). Also Waterloo was virtually closed in August 2017 when the upgrade was carried out.
The really interesting figure is the 58% increase in passenger usage over the past 10 years from 2006 to 2016
Download the file below to view the individual station usage figures for November 2016 to November 2017 –Station-usage-analysis-inc-2017-1.xlsx (221 downloads)