Excerpt from www.modernrailways.co.uk
Johnathan Roberts of JRC writes about the importance of accurate station usage data for making sound investment decisions for the future of the railway.
"The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) published its latest annual station usage estimates, for 2010-11, on 29 March 2012. But just how reliable are these figures? This article focuses on the reliability of ORR’s estimates, with particular focus on city region stations."
"The station data has been published since 2002-03 (there was no survey in 2003-04). Data quality has improved taking one year with the next, but it remains variable. ORR stresses that its estimates are derived from ticket sales held in the LENNON accounting system with subsequent transformation of this raw data, rather than from precise counts at the door."
Full Article Stations Count article July 2012