UK rail passenger numbers in 2020-21 reached the lowest level in at least 150 years, new figures show, APA reports citing BBC.
Just 388 million journeys were made in the 12 months to the end of March as the coronavirus pandemic saw demand for travel collapse, regulator the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) says.
This is just 22% of the total of 1.739 billion during the previous year and is the lowest annual figure in records dating back to 1872.
The period between April and June 2020 saw the lowest demand for train travel, with just 35 million journeys made.
Passenger revenue in 2020-21 totalled £1.9bn, just 18% of the £10.4bn figure generated 12 months earlier.
However, estimates by the Department for Transport show rail usage has recovered to about 45% of pre-Covid levels by the end of May 2021.