Waterloo is ‘Top of the Stops’ for Great Britain’s rail stations
The top 10 most used stations are almost exclusively London-based, with just one exception…
With a total of 99,403,096 entries and exits in 2016/17 Waterloo Station has come out top of the list of Britain’s busiest stations. This will be the 14th consecutive year it has been the most used station.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is the UK’s rail regulator and strategic roads monitor for England. Figures published by the ORR reveal that London stations are the most heavily used in England. Birmingham New Street, coming in at 6th place, is the only station to break the capital’s dominance in the top 10.
Glasgow Central retains its position as the busiest station in Scotland, with passengers using it 32 million times this year. More than 12.5 million entries and exits made Cardiff Central top in Wales.
Three new stations opened during the year: Edinburgh Gateway, Kirkstall Forge and Lea Bridge, which brought the total up to 2,560. Overall it was estimated that there were over 2.9 billion entries and exits at all rail station in Great Britain in 2015/2016. This would create an increase of 0.4 per cent on the previous year with almost 223 million connections made.
This year the ORR has published an interactive graphic with the statistics; allowing users to instantly access key details such as where a station ranks, how usage has changed in recent years and how it compares with other stations.