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And a rural station in the wilds of Powys is one of Britain’s least used.

The figures reveal that more than 22.6 million passed Birmingham New Street, putting it just behind Euston, which is London’s link to the West Midlands, with 23 million. Manchester Piccadilly came in 10th place with 19.5 million.

These figures contrast with Sugar Loaf Station, south of Llandridnod Wells in Powys – which recorded just 76 passengers for the whole year.

The official figures, published today, show that London Waterloo has regained its status as Britain’s most used railway station.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said the station was used by an estimated 41.4 million passengers in the 12 months to the end of March.

Birmingham New Street Station

The total at Waterloo is up from 12.2 million in the previous Covid-affected year, but was less than half the estimate of 86.9 million in 2019/20.

In Scotland, Glasgow Central remained the busiest station, with 15.3 million passengers, up from 5.3 million last year, but down from 32.5 million two years ago.

Cardiff Central retained its status as the busiest station in Wales, with 7.5 million entries and exits. It was more than three times as many as two million in 2020/21, but remained down from 12.7 million in 2019/20.

ORR director of planning and performance Feras Alshaker said: “It is encouraging to see passengers returning to rail travel after what was a difficult period for the industry during the pandemic.

“There is still some way to go for station usage figures to return to pre-pandemic levels. Once again, it is important to thank all those in the rail industry, who continue to work hard to help people travel safely and with confidence.”

The least used railway station in 2021/22 was Elton and Orston in rural Nottinghamshire, with 40 recorded arrivals and departures. It is served by two East Midlands Railway trains per day between Mondays and Saturdays.


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