Fall in rail journeys raises questions for train franchise firms

Fall in rail journeys raises questions for train franchise firms

April to June figures are down nearly 5% against 2016 but industry sources say whole franchise model is based on growth

The number of rail passenger journeys in Britain fell sharply in spring this year, after two decades of virtually constant growth since privatisation.

Analysts and industry observers said the figures were concerning, while Labour said it raised serious questions about the viability of franchises.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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