London stations made up nine out of 10 of the UK’s busiest stations
London stations made up nine out of 10 of the UK’s busiest stations

The quietest and busiest train stations in Britain

London Waterloo once again Britain’s busiest station

Cathy Adams
Tuesday 14 January 2020 12:48

Denton in Greater Manchester and Stanlow & Thornton in Cheshire are the least-used train stations according to new figures.

Both stations had just 46 entries and exits in the period between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, according to estimates from the Office of Rail and Road.

Denton sits on the Stockport to Stalybridge rail line, with just two trains a week – one in each direction.

Stanlow & Thornton station, on the Ellesmere Port to Warrington line, was built to serve the nearby refinery. Three trains a day call at the station in either direction.

Reddish South, also on the Stockport to Stalybridge line, was the third quietest station, used just 60 times in 2018/19.

London stations made up nine out of 10 of the UK’s busiest stations, with London Waterloo once again the most-used hub with more than 94 million entries and exits.

Victoria (74.7 million); Liverpool Street (69.5 million); and London Bridge (61.3 million) were second, third and fourth respectively.

In fifth place was Birmingham New Street, with almost 48 million passengers in 2018/19.

Outside London, Glasgow Central (32.8 million); Leeds (30.8 million); and Manchester Piccadilly (30.3 million) were the most-used stations.

Clapham Junction was ranked the station with the most interchanges, with 29.3 million people changing trains at the South London station in 2018/19.

Busiest stations in the UK

  1. London Waterloo: 94,192,690
  2. London Victoria: 74,715,808
  3. London Liverpool Street: 69,482,532
  4. London Bridge: 61,308,364
  5. Birmingham New Street: 47,927,772
  6. London Euston: 46,146,456
  7. Stratford (London): 41,206,226
  8. London Paddington: 38,181,588
  9. London St Pancras International: 35,984,204
  10. London Kings Cross: 34,645,924

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