Rail passengers make 5% more journeys in 2011

Rail passengers made almost 5% more journeys in the first three months of 2011 than in the same period last year.

There were 316 million journeys in January-March 2011, up on the snow-hit winter of 2010, the Association of Train Operation Companies said.

In the year to March 2011, 1.34 billion rail journeys were taken, a 6.6% rise on the previous 12-month period.

ATOC Chief Executive Michael Roberts told BBC Breakfast's Simon Jack that the price of petrol had encouraged people to move from car to train.

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