Where did your local station rank in the latest popularity tables?

London Waterloo
Credit: Network Rail

The Office of Rail and Road has announced that London Waterloo is the busiest station in Britain for the 15th consecutive year.

The award is despite the total number of passenger entries and exits falling by five million to 94.4 million.

Estimates published today show that 9 out of top 10 busiest stations are all in London, with just Birmingham New Street breaking the dominance of the capital.

Birmingham New Street remains the 6th busiest station overall.

Despite the total numbers of users at Waterloo dipping, mainly because of the three-week closure for upgrade work in August 2017, it still accommodated more than twice as many visitors as the top 10 tourist attractions in the UK combined.

Meanwhile, Glasgow Central remains the busiest station in Scotland and 11th in the overall list. Glasgow Central saw 32.9m passengers this year. Cardiff Central is top in Wales with more than 12.9 million entries and exits, making it 33rd overall.

The station with the fewest entries and exits was British Steel Redcar, with just 40 entries and exits in the entire year.

Last year’s quietest station Barry Links in Scotland more than doubled its entrances and exits to 52.

The three new stations which opened in 2017-18 Cambridge North, Ilkeston and Low Moor, attracted more than 488,000, 252,000 and 133,000 respectively.

Newcastle was the busiest station in the North East with 8.8 million entrances and exits making it 48th overall. Manchester Piccadilly was number one in the North West, Cambridge was busiest in the East of England and Bristol Temple Meads came out top in the South West.

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I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.

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