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Which are the busiest and least used railway stations in the UK?

Updated: 1st December 2020

In Great Britain, 2,567 stations were served by mainline rail services as at 31 March 2020, here we look at the busiest and least used railway stations in the UK.

The top 10 busiest UK Stations

RankAll UK StationsEntries and Exits
1London Waterloo86,903,518
2London Victoria73,559,158
3London Liverpool Street65,984,786
4London Bridge63,095,300
5Birmingham New Street46,510,526
6London Paddington44,871,096
7London Euston44,776,804
8Stratford (London)41,912,114
9London St Pancras36,040,080
10London Kings Cross32,532,404

The top 10 busiest UK Stations outside of London

RankStations outside London onlyEntries and Exits
1Birmingham New Street46,510,526
2Glasgow Central32,465,202
3Manchester Piccadilly32,198,704
4Leeds31,020,744
5Edinburgh23,087,646
6Gatwick Airport21,050,640
7Brighton17,355,572
8Reading16,753,368
9Glasgow Queen Street16,685,760
10Liverpool Central16,454,940

The least busiest UK Stations

RankAll UK StationsEntries and Exits
1Berney Arms, Norfolk ✝42
2Elton & Orston, Nottinghamshire68
3Stanlow & Thornton, Cheshire82
4Havenhouse, Lincolnshire84
5Denton, Greater Manchester92
6Polesworth, Warwickshire96

✝ The least used station in 2019-20 was Berney Arms in Norfolk with 42 entries and exits.
The 90% fall in usage at this station, the largest percentage decrease in 2019-20, is due to
the lines serving the station being closed most of the year to upgrade signalling. The
station reopened in February 2020.

Busiest Stations by Region

Busiest Railway Stations in Scotland

RankStationEntries and Exits
1Glasgow Central32,465,202
2Edinburgh23,087,646
3Glasgow Queen Street16,685,760
4Paisley Gilmour Street3,903,776
5Haymarket2,980,386

Busiest Railway Stations in the North East

RankStationEntries and Exits
1Newcastle8,815,096
2Durham2,732,836
3Darlington2,387,932
4Middlesborough1,312,402
5Hartlepool628,994

Busiest Railway Stations in the North West

RankStationEntries and Exits
1Manchester Piccadilly32,198,704
2Liverpool Central16,454,940
3Liverpool Lime Street16,021,914
4Manchester Victoria9,570,816
5Moorfields7,361,420

Busiest Railway Stations in Yorkshire & The Humber

RankStationEntries and Exits
1Leeds31,020,744
2Sheffield10,094,758
3York10,089,306
4Huddersfield4,769,384
5Doncaster3,946,406

Busiest Railway Stations in the East Midlands

RankStationEntries and Exits
1Nottingham7,864,690
2Leicester5,322,728
3Derby4,220,014
4Northampton3,215,898
5Lincoln1,966,100

Busiest Railway Stations in the West Midlands

RankStationEntries and Exits
1Birmingham New Street46,510,526
2Coverntry7,876,772
3Birmingham Moor Street7,273,548
4Birmingham International6,519,612
5Birmingham Snow Hill5,619,976

Busiest Railway Stations in the East

RankStationEntries and Exits
1Cambridge11,599,814
2Chelmsford8,606,294
3Stansted Airport8,474,784
4Watford Junction8,436,358
5St. Albans City7,375,158

Busiest Railway Stations in Wales

RankStationEntries and Exits
1Cardiff Central12,670,920
2Newport (South Wales)2,717,124
3Cardiff Queen Street2,694,084
4Swansea2,059,952
5Bridgend1,508,294

Busiest Railway Stations in South West

RankStationEntries and Exits
1Bristol Temple Meads11,619,360
2Bath Spa6,432,812
3Swindon3,713,738
4Exeter St. David’s2,676,464
5Cheltenham Spa2,590,718

Busiest Railway Stations in South East

RankStationEntries and Exits
1Gatwick Airport21,050,640
2Brighton17,355,572
3Reading16,753,368
4Oxford8,702,368
5Woking7,352,236

Busiest Railway Stations in London

RankStationEntries and Exits
1Waterloo86,903,518
2Victoria73,559,158
3Liverpool Street65,984,768
4London Bridge63,095,300
5Paddington44,871,096

Busiest Station Interchanges

An interchange is where a passenger needs to transfer from one train to another during
their journey from origin to destination station.

RankStationInterchanges
1Clapham Junction26,902,505
2London Bridge10,677,772
3Birmingham New Street6,994,410
4London Waterloo6,309,545
5London Victoria5,755,668

All data taken from the Estimates of Station Usage 2019-20 publication from the Office of Rail and Road, published 1 December 2020.

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