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Railways

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average load factor is, expressed as a percentage of seats occupied, on passenger trains running on the UK rail network. (146294)

The Department only holds data pertaining to the morning and evening peaks for commuter services in London and the south-east, which is in the following table. It is not possible to disaggregate seats occupied from total capacity as data are not held in this form.

Total load factor

Percentage

Train operator

In am peak

In pm peak

Aggregated peaks

one

82.0

75.2

78.7

C2C

78.0

72.3

75.3

Chiltern

72.5

61.5

66.9

Southeastern

84.1

67.4

75.9

Stagecoach South West Trains

89.3

70.6

80.0

Southern

82.5

70.8

77.0

First Great Western

90.0

71.5

81.1

First Capital Connect

80.0

74.3

77.1

Silverlink

72.8

65.1

68.9

The table is based on annual counts undertaken by train operators during autumn 2006. Data for other train operators running on the UK rail network are not available.