First class rail travel hits a 10 year high for passenger numbers

Train travel may be on its way back up as new numbers show that first class train travel has now hit a 10-year high, pushing revenues and profits from this sector up as well and helping to pay for recent improvements to the travel system.

These changes have been brought on by leisure travellers who see first class travel as a good way to get somewhere while still being comfortable. Some of the incentives offered by some of the railcompanies are apparently responsible for such a shift.

Some of the people who fill these first class wagons are students, football fans or even party goers who are filling the seats that were left vacant by business people years ago as enterprises cut down on travelling budgets.

In the past decade, companies had reported a lower occupation of these first places but now it seems the industry is back to its 11 million figure, up from 6.7 millions in 2003, this according to the latest figures of the Association of Train Operating Companies. This organisation groups up companies in this industry and keeps track of these types of figures.

Right now the growth rate is still lower than it used to be in the 1990s, but it has bounced back and is nowhere near the sharp drop that was experienced during the economic crisis. Even government workers stop taking first class positions in trains due to scandals that pointed at MPs wasting money on transportation.

The cheaper train tickets were thus privileged since then. Now, the travellers using these places once more are a new breed, being mostly from student groups, along with leisure travellers, and not people from the business sector. The hope from this organization is that this figure will keep growing in the coming years.