Demand for weekday rail travel in Britain has exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time this year.
The number of train journeys made on Monday was 55% of the normal total, according to provisional Department for Transport figures.
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This is up from 38% on Tuesday January 4, the first working day of the previous week in England and Wales.
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The increase in usage is despite many train companies cutting timetables in response to pandemic-related staff shortages.
Passenger numbers exceeded 70% of pre-virus levels before fears mounted over the Omicron coronavirus variant in late November.
Guidance to work from home where possible led to a large drop in the number of commuters travelling by train.
Car use increased from 75% to 82% between Tuesday January 4 and Monday while bus travel outside London rose from 57% to 68% over the same period.Enjoy more Rail Express reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.