Birmingham New Street now Britain’s 5th busiest station

Birmingham New Street is Britain's fifth-busiest station.

Waterloo has retained its place as the busiest station in Britain as the Office of Rail and Road has published its station usage figures for 2018/19.

Ranked by the total number of passenger entries and exits, Waterloo recorded 94.2 million users in the year from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

London Waterloo – here relatively quiet at 3:22 in the afternoon.

Behind Waterloo in the rankings were London Victoria (74.7 million), London Liverpool Street (69.5 million) and London Bridge (61.3 million).

Up to fifth, and the only non-London station in the top 10, came Birmingham New Street with 47.9 million entries and exits.

This pushed London Euston down to sixth with 46.1 million, followed by London Stratford (41.2 million), London Paddington (38.2 million) and London St Pancras International (36.0 million) with London Kings Cross (34.6 million) rounding out the top ten.

Further afield, Glasgow Central was 11th, Edinburgh Waverly 18th and Cardiff Central 34th.

Stanlow &Thornton station was one of Britain’s quietest, with only 46 visitors last year.

At the other end of the spectrum, 54 stations recorded fewer than 1,000 entries and exits in the full year. The least used stations were Denton (Greater Manchester) and Stanlow & Thornton (Cheshire), each only having an estimated 46 entries and exits during the entire year, while Reddish South (Stockport) had just 60.

In contrast, the two new stations that opened in 2918/19 fared much better. Kenilworth opened on 30 April 2018 and attracted 170,912 users in 11 months while Maghull North on Merseyside, which didn’t open until 18 June 2018, recorded 399,066 entries and exits.

A success! Maghull North station.

The full list can be found on the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) website. Meanwhile here is the Top 50:

 StationEntries & Exits
2018/19
1London Waterloo94.2 million
2London Victoria74.7 million
3London Liverpool Street69.5 million
4London Bridge61.3 million
5Birmingham New Street47.9 million
6London Euston46.1 million
7Stratford (London)41.2 million
8London Paddington38.2 million
9London St Pancras International36.0 million
10London Kings Cross34.6 million
11Glasgow Central32.8 million
12Leeds30.8 million
13Highbury & Islington30.4 million
14Manchester Piccadilly30.3 million
15London Charing Cross30.2 million
16Clapham Junction29.5 million
17East Croydon24.8 million
18Edinburgh23.9 million
19Canada Water23.7 million
20Gatwick Airport21.2 million
21Vauxhall21.0 million
22London Cannon Street20.6 million
23London Fenchurch Street18.5 million
24Wimbledon18.5 million
25Brighton17.4 million
26Glasgow Queen Street17.2 million
27Reading17.1 million
28London Marylebone16.1 million
29Farringdon15.1 million
30Liverpool Central14.6 million
31Barking14.5 million
32Whitechapel14.4 million
33Liverpool Lime Street14.2 million
34Cardiff Central14.2 million
35London Blackfriars12.1 million
36Cambridge12.0 million
37Richmond (London)11.7 million
38Moorgate11.5 million
39Bristol Temple Meads11.4 million
40West Ham10.7 million
41London Waterloo East10.5 million
42Lewisham10.3 million
43York10.0 million
44Sheffield9.9 million
45Stansted Airport9.8 million
46Shoreditch High Street9.4 million
47Manchester Oxford Road9.3 million
48Surbiton9.3 million
49Romford9.2 million
50Manchester Victoria8.9 million

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