Greater Anglia train journeys have bounced back to almost three-fifths of pre-Covid-19 pandemic levels.
According to latest figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), the train operator for London to Cambridge services through Bishop’s Stortford as well as the Stansted Express handled 49.58 million journeys from April 2021 to March 2022 – 58.4% of the total in the corresponding 2019-20 period before coronavirus struck.
Between April 2020 and March 2021 at the height of the pandemic, journeys were 22.4% of the 2019-20 total.
Nationally, more than double the number of train journeys – 990 million – were made by passengers in 2021-22 compared to 388m the previous year, the first of the pandemic, as journeys fell to the lowest levels since the mid-19th century.
Passenger revenue rose in the last year to £5.9 billion – nearly three times more than the £2bn during the first pandemic year and 54% of the £11bn pre-Covid.
London North Eastern Railway saw a return of 83.3% of passengers in 2021-22 compared to pre-pandemic – the most of any train operator. Govia Thameslink Railway had the most rail usage with 179m journeys, but this was 51.3% compared to two years ago.