` Privatized British Rail Ridership Hits 25 Year High

Privatized British Rail Ridership
Hits 25 Year High

Data released on 27 May 1999 by Railtrack, indicates that British Rail ridership has reached its highest level in at least 25 years (passenger kilometers). Since privatization, ridership has increased 25 percent, with an eight percent increase over the past fiscal year. The 36.9 billion passenger kilometers in fiscal year 1999 (1998-9) exceeded the previous peak of 34.3 billion in 1989. Passenger kilometers are up approximately 8.0 billion since 1994/5, the last year before privatization.(1)

Freight tonnage has increased 40 percent since privatization.

1. By comparison, Amtrak passenger kilometers were 8.6 billion in fiscal year 1998.

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