Ridership Hits Peak
Data released on the Strategic Rail Authority, indicates that British national rail system ridership has reached its highest level since 1947 (passenger kilometers). Since privatization, ridership has increased 30 percent and continued to rise even after the Hatfield accident in October 2000 after which there were serious service disruptions.
Excluding the World War II years and the immediate aftermath (1946 & 1947), it appears likely that ridership in passenger kilomters is now at the highest point since before 1928. Assuming the pre-War average trip length, 1928