As rail passengers put together for the subsequent collection of nationwide rail strikes, starting on Saturday, figures from the Workplace of Rail and Highway (ORR) reveal the size of the collapse of practice journey in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Between April 2021 and March 2022, the UK’s busiest station, London Waterloo, noticed passenger numbers greater than halve in contrast with two years earlier – down from 87 million to 41 million.
The report says 4 railway stations within the Midlands and North of England noticed fewer than 50 passengers – below one per week.
The least-used was Elton & Orston in Nottinghamshire, with simply 40 entries and exits. It’s on the Nottingham to Skegness line and is served by one every day practice every manner.
Teesside Airport, on the Tees Valley line east of Darlington, noticed 42 passengers – up from simply two the earlier 12 months. However the station has been closed since Might 2022 resulting from security considerations.
Even when it’s opened, passengers are warned: “Though this station is near Durham Tees Valley Airport it’s served by just one practice per week in a single path solely.
“Clients travelling to/from the airport are suggested to take the bus to/from Darlington or Middlesbrough stations.”
The third-placed station, Stanlow & Thornton in Cheshire, welcomed 44 passengers – a median of 1 per week till it, too, closed in February. Potential customers are informed: “Stanlow & Thornton station is closed till additional discover resulting from pressing repairs to a bridge.”
The station, 5 miles north of Chester, is positioned throughout the Shell Oil Refinery. Within the earlier 12 months, no passengers used it in any respect.
The ultimate station that failed to achieve even one traveller per week was Denton in Higher Manchester.
Given the warning to potential passengers – “This station has an especially sparse practice service of just one practice per week (on Fridays) and this solely runs within the northbound path” – an annual rating of fifty is probably spectacular.
Extra passengers used London Waterloo in two minutes than visited these 4 stations mixed in the middle of a 12 months.
London Victoria retained its place because the second most-used station with 36.8 million entries and exits, whereas London Bridge stayed third with 33.3 million.
The one two stations within the high 10 which are outdoors the capital are Birmingham New Avenue (eighth) and Manchester Piccadilly (tenth).
In Scotland, Glasgow Central remained essentially the most used station, with 15.3 million entries and exits, simply forward of Edinburgh Waverley (13.6 million).
In Wales, Cardiff Central remained the busiest station with 7.5 million – 4 occasions greater than the second greatest, Newport.
The least-used Welsh station was Sugar Loaf, on the Coronary heart of Wales line in Powys, which welcomed solely 76 passengers – barely one each 5 days.
Prepare drivers working for 11 practice operators will strike on Saturday 26 November, with eight days of nationwide strikes deliberate for December and January by the RMT union.
Prime 10 UK railway stations
Passenger entries and exits between April 2021 and March 2022:
- London Waterloo: 41,426,042
- London Victoria: 36,776,338
- London Bridge: 33,309,348
- London Liverpool Avenue: 32,165,310
- Stratford (London): 28,182,238
- London Paddington: 23,870,510
- London Euston: 23,097,606
- Birmingham New Avenue: 22,682,526
- London Kings Cross: 20,476,492
- Manchester Piccadilly: 19,581,442
Supply: Workplace of Rail and Highway