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Waterloo remains the top stop for Britain’s rail passengers

6 December 2016

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London dominates in the top 10 busiest stations. Birmingham New Street is the exception, ranking as the country’s seventh busiest station. There has been one ‘new entry’ to the most used stations this year, with Clapham Junction replacing Charing Cross at number 10.

In Scotland, Glasgow Central remains the busiest station with passengers using the station 30 million times in 2015-16 with Edinburgh in second place at over 20 million. In Wales, the busiest station Cardiff Central saw nearly 13 million journeys.

Overall, it was estimated that there were over 2.9 billion entries and exits at all rail stations in Great Britain in 2015-16, an increase of 5% compared to the previous year*. There were also 222 million connections made.

Top 10 stations in Great Britain 2015-16

See our estimates of station usage at:

See our infographic with the top 5 stations in each region 2015-16:

Notes to editors

  1. *This is different to the number of passenger journeys, published in ORR’s Passenger Rail Usage, as it is based on different definitions and methodology.
  2. **The methodology used to estimate usage at London stations has been improved for 2015-16, providing a better representation of how Londoners use the rail network. However this means that direct comparisons to previous year’s data are not valid. All data is for tickets purchased on the mainline railway network – London underground usage is not included.
  3. The Office of Rail and Road is the UK’s rail regulator and strategic roads monitor for England. Follow us @railandroad