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Campaigners respond to new station usage statistics

27 February 2014
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the release of new statistics from the Office of the Rail Regulator showing increasing passenger numbers at railway stations across Britain.

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said

"These statistics show more and more people are using the train to get to work. Government needs to support this with affordable fares and better infrastructure. That means not just updating our busiest stations, but connecting communities who currently lose out because they are not on the network. We also need to devolve more investment decisions away from Whitehall to make the railways more responsive to local needs."


1. The Office of the Rail Regulator has released statistics estimating the number of passengers using each railway station in Britain in 2012/13.

Key findings include total journeys on the rail network (measured by entries to stations) are estimated at 1,268,980,418. This is an increase of 2.3 per cent on the previous year.

The top 10 station remain the same as last year. Based on 2012/13 entries and exits, they were

1 London Waterloo 95,936,542 (up 2%)
2 London Victoria 77,346,676 (up 2%)
3 London Liverpool Street 58,448,814 (up 2%)
4 London Bridge 53,351,116 (up 1%)
5 London Charing Cross 38,607,238 (up 1%
6 London Euston 38,299,206 (up 5%)
7 London Paddington 34,143,220 (up 1%)
8 Birmingham New Street 32,090,346 (up 3%)
9 London King's Cross 28,454,460 (up 2%)
10 Glasgow Central 27,185,020 (up 2%)

The biggest region / country growth in journey numbers are
- London (up 5.3%)
- Eastern region (up 4.1%)
- Scotland (up 2.9%)

Full details of the statistics are available of the ORR website.