Country train patronage

 
  marcos Station Master

Location: northern nsw
I often see comments on here stating regional country trains do not have many passengers, half full and mostly concession holders.
Where does this information come from? I travelled around 5000 km on trainlink in march outside of holiday times, I thought a fairly good "snapshot" of the NSW regional network. northwest xpl, canberra xpl, melbourne xpt, broken hill xpl and every train was nearly full if not fully booked, apart from broken Hill xpl which was about half full both ways.
As for how many on a concession how would anyone  really know?

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  donttellmywife Chief Commissioner

Location: Antofagasta
I often see comments on here stating regional country trains do not have many passengers, half full and mostly concession holders.
Where does this information come from? I travelled around 5000 km on trainlink in march outside of holiday times, I thought a fairly good "snapshot" of the NSW regional network. northwest xpl, canberra xpl, melbourne xpt, broken hill xpl and every train was nearly full if not fully booked, apart from broken Hill xpl which was about half full both ways.
As for how many on a concession how would anyone really know?
marcos

Average load factor for CountryLink (as it existed then) in the 2012/2013 financial year was 43.3%. While you'd expect loadings to be very much biased towards the Sydney end of things (and the significance of that figure depends a bit on how they define it), that still indicates to me that the trains weren't exactly full.

Individual anecdotes can often be misleading, but I was a somewhat regular user of CountryLink up until about the time of the restructure, and I don't ever recall not being able to travel despite making all my bookings within three days of travel (when departing Central within an hour or two before hopping on the train). I may have successfully avoided school holiday periods over the perhaps five years of travelling in this manner though.

Hair colour is a good indicator of entitlement to one type of concession.

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