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Data on access to stations, train incidents, railway fatalities and crime for April 2020 to March 2021.

Rail transport services in 2020-21 (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) were significantly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please see page 2 of the statistical bulletin for further detail.

Main points

Rail passenger journeys to/from or within Wales between 1995-96 and 2020-21. there was a decrease in passenger journeys in 2020-21 compared to previous year.
  • The number of rail passenger journeys in Wales decreased in 2020-21, reaching the lowest level on record.
  • There were 5.1 million rail passenger journeys which either started or ended in Wales in 2020-21, a decrease of 82.8% per cent compared with the previous year. Over two-thirds (69.0%) of these journeys were within Wales.
  • Rail passenger journeys within Wales decreased to 3.5 million in 2020-21, a decrease of 82.7% on 2019-20.
  • Cardiff was the most common destination for within-Wales journeys, accounting for 37.4% of all journeys.
  • In 2021 there were 8 railway fatalities, all of which were suicides.
  • In recent years there have been between 4 and 11 suicides annually and between 0 and 4 other fatalities.
  • In 2020-21, offences on Welsh railways decreased by 27.1%.
  • There were 1,063 notifiable offences reported on Welsh railways in 2020-21, a decrease of 396 from the previous year.

Further information

Further detailed tables can be found on StatsWales and key quality information can be found in the April 2017 to March 2018 report.


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