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
Freight tonnage has increased 40 percent since privatization.
1. By comparison, Amtrak passenger kilometers were 8.6 billion in fiscal year 1998.