Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
The Government’s Office of Rail and Road (ORR) publishes annual data on rail passenger numbers. Albeit some time after the end of the reporting year, the ORR published figures for the year April 2021 – March 2022 on 24th November 2022. These are calculated as ‘entries and exits’ using data from ticket sales; in other words, journeys starting or ending at each station. For Market Harborough, these totalled 531,140 in 2021-22, up 252% on the much-depleted figure of 150,866 the previous year resulting from the pandemic. This represents a good degree of recovery post-Covid, though is still well down on the pre-Covid peak of 898,058 in 2019-20.
Passengers changing trains at each station are also counted, though for Market Harborough this does not apply and the official figure was 0. Kettering, on the other hand, being the interchange point between EMR Intercity and Connect services, had 99,783 such passengers in the year.
Busy moment at Market Harborough. Passengers board the 15:32 to Nottingham on 28th April 2022, while the slightly late 15:29 to St Pancras calls at the adjacent platform. On the left, the new waiting room and toilets building is taking shape; this opened on 22nd July.
Picture: Steve Jones