More people in Herts making the switch to rail

Published on: Friday, 17 January 2020
Last updated: Friday, 17 January 2020

More people in Hertfordshire switched to rail last year, figures show.

Numbers of people using Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Broxbourne, Ware and Hertford East rail stations all increased between January and December 2019, compared to the previous year, according to data from the Office of Rail and Road.

Cheshunt saw the biggest increase – up 6.1% with almost 2.5 million entries and exits recorded at the station, meaning over 24,000 people passed through every week.

Waltham Cross, Broxbourne and Ware saw increases of 4.5%, 2.3% and 1.2% respectively.

Hertford East recorded a 36% increase but this was due to improvements made by the Office of Rail and Road in collecting the data.

Martin Moran, Greater Anglia’s Commercial, Customer Service and Train Presentation Director, said, “With the rising costs of travelling by car, increasingly congested roads and the need for all of us to reduce our carbon footprint, more and more people are choosing to travel by train.

“We expect that as we continue to transform rail travel in East Anglia with our brand-new fleet of longer trains and upgraded stations, and with our great value fares including Groupsave, kids for £2 and advance fares, even more people will make the switch.”

This week, the first of Greater Anglia’s new electric commuter trains, made by Bombardier, arrived for testing on the network, due to enter passenger service in the Spring.