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Data on access to stations, train incidents, railway fatalities and crime for April 2022 to March 2023.

Main points

In 2022-23 (1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023), there were 23.5 million rail passenger journeys which either started or ended in Wales. This was a 32.6% increase compared to 2021-22, which was impacted by travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but a 21.5% decrease compared to 2019-20.

  • Rail passenger journeys within Wales increased by 30.8% to 14.8 million in 2022-23.

Figure 1: Rail passenger journeys to/from or within Wales, 2014-15 to 2022-23


Description of Figure 1: Line chart showing there was an increase of 32.6% in passenger journeys in 2022-23 compared to previous year. 

Source: Welsh Government analysis of Office of Rail and Road, National Rail Trends, regional usage profiles

  • Cardiff was the most common destination for within-Wales journeys (5.9 million passenger journeys), accounting for 40.0% of all journeys.
  • In 2023 there were 12 railway fatalities, all were suicides.
  • Suicides have accounted for the majority of rail fatalities since 2012.
  • In 2022-23, offences on Welsh railways were similar when compared to the previous year and decreased by 1.7% compared to 2019-20.
  • There were 1,430 notifiable offences reported on Welsh railways in 2022-23, similar to the previous year.


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