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 (203 downloads)
We have now submitted our response to South Western Railway’s Timetable Consultation. Please see our Publications page or click here.
April 2018 showed SERUG and others are listened to as SWR announce that our Woking and Clapham Junction off peak stops will be retained from the December 2018 timetable changes. The Dft working with Government “pulled” all the changes services until further notice, but hopefully some agreement may be forthcoming before May 2019 imitable. Some extra services were within the SWR franchise agreement and they will be anxious to resolve this serious matter.
The recent problems with signalling and defective stock have led to a number of lengthy delays/cancellations to services on the Waterloo to Exeter line.
An increasing number of people now commute regularly (ie at peak times) to London. Those who leave before 6.30am may be aware that there is an alternative service from Yeovil Pen Mill to London at 06.20 (Arriving Paddington via Castle Cary at 08.38). What many people will not be aware of is the astronomical fare charged by GWR for this route. From January 2017 the Anytime return fare will rise to a whopping £204. That’s almost double the fare on South West Trains!
At times of disruption, the SWT tickets are normally valid from Pen Mill but we strongly advise you to check the SWT website first. We hear tales of guards on the GWR service trying to charge travellers the excess fare – because they had not been advised of the arangmement to accept SWT tickets. If you do choose to use the 6.20 service when SWT trains are disrupted, ensure you buy your tickets at Yeovil Junction and then drive to Pen Mill. If you buy your ticket at Pen Mill – you are likely to be charged the GWR fare!