As PFM partner with Network Rail for the management and delivery of key passenger data for all UK Major Stations we are uniquely placed to provide insight on the impact of the current strike by Network Rail employees.
We are providing this update to last week post now that the full picture is available. We have looked at the whole week of the strike and compared this to the previous week and also the week in 2019 not affected by Covid 19, so that we can see the full impact.
So, what does this data tell us?
- There was no impact at the beginning of this week as passenger numbers were broadly in line with the previous week although still down around 20% on pre-covid levels.
- On Tuesday the first official strike day passenger numbers fell by 75% with very minimal train services running.
- Interestingly, Wednesday, a none strike day, shows a 25% reduction in passengers when compared to the previous week, with the general public perhaps acting on the information that services would still be disrupted the day after the strike.
- Thursday and Saturday strike days show a consistent 75% reduction in passenger numbers.
- Friday shows an increase of 14% in passenger numbers when compared to Wednesday indicating that people were perhaps avoiding Saturday’s strike and getting away early for the weekend!
If you would like more information on the impact of this strike action or any other areas of the economy that are directly affected by footfall, please contact David Sturdy.