FAST CASUAL | Staff Reporter, UK

Coffee retailers give caffeine kick to railway retail sales

Passengers and station users spent more than £11 million at coffee retailers at Network Rail stations from April to June 2015.

According to Network Rail, the figure is 6% higher than last years’ figures and pushed Network Rail to achieve a 13th successive quarter of station retail growth.

Network Rail director of retail, Hamish Kiernan, said, “These figures are further evidence of Network Rail’s success in modernising and transforming stations into destinations in their own right. We aim to enhance the overall passenger experience and continue to cater to the demands of the modern traveller, as well as generating retail profit to reinvest in our railway.”

Passengers and station visitors at London Victoria spent more at coffee retailers than any other station, accounting for £1.6 million of sales. This is closely followed by London Waterloo (£1.5m) and London Liverpool Street (£1.1m).

Two London stations were the best performing for the quarter with Cannon Street (30.4%) and Waterloo (12.89%) recording the highest growth across Network Rail’s estate. Outside London, Bristol Temple Meads, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds and Glasgow all recorded above average growth in this quarter.

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